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The Wealth of Man


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Publisher:PublicAffairs, 2000



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The distinguished journalist and former British Ambassador to the United States offers an epic history of mankind's quest to invent, trade and make money. . Many have told the story of mankind's evolution, battle for survival, and physical adaptation to a changing world. But equally as exciting as that physical tale is the story of our struggle to satisfy his second imperative (assuming reproduction is the first): the craving, separately and collectively, for material betterment. Now, Peter Jay, the Economics Editor of the BBC, former Economics Editor for the London Times and former British Ambassador to the United States, has written a broadranging, stirring, and surprising account of man's pursuit of wealth. From cavemen to cyberspace, and spanning the entire globe, The Wealth of Man is a masterwork of historical, economic, scientific and cultural synthesis--the sort of re-reading of history that makes a reader's eyes pop open with wonder and delight. Like Jared Diamond's Guns, Germs and Steel or David Landes's The Wealth and Poverty of Nations , The Wealth of Man is a big, grand, insightful book that puts all of the pieces together. It is history the way it should be written, boldly illuminating our past as it shines a bright light forward.

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