Debt: The First 5,000 Years by David Graeber, a conversation

April 30, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
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I have just finished his book (Debt: The First 5,000 Years) on a history of debt and this is a subject that I have been intellectually exploring for almost a decade now.   Having read many booking on theories on the nature of money, wealth and banking.  I have a coffee table book called “The origins of value”, yes I know, just what you want to see on a coffee table.   When I heard about this book, I realized that I didn’t have a history book on debt so I had to grab a copy and read.

Wow, is what I have to say after reading through it.  He really hit at some very interesting and quite core points.  I will be re-reading the book soon because I need to contempt these concepts some more and I have a few books that have now been elevated on my reading list so I can read some more facts and opinions.   Here is a nice video with the author talking about the book and its concepts.   I believe he really hit a “home run” with this book and if you see the amount of notes and the bibliography, you can tell he did his homework.   I will end with my mind is not made up yet but he has been very persuasive so it has now put the ball back in my court to accept or contradict, he has set the bar high so I will see what I can come up with and write some thoughts in a later post.

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