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The First Tycoon by T.J. Stiles
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Mar 30, 2015

really liked it
Read from January 28, 2011 to May 16, 2012 — I own a copy

I'm working my way through this slowly but surely. It's a fascinating, if dense, read. I know almost nothing about the history of economics, so it was somewhat surprising (perhaps reassuring?) to see that the country's current economic woes are nothing new, nor are the various prevailing attitudes about banks and governments. Also interesting to note that the defining characteristics of hugely successful (in the financial sense) people, then as now, appear to be unrelenting greed and an unquenchable need for control/power.

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