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The Genius of the Beast by Howard Bloom
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Mar 12, 2012

really liked it

Definitely a very interesting take on the idea of capitalism actually is. Instead of looking at dollar figures, economic theories, or number crunching, Bloom looks at the premise of what drives human beings. He sets out to define our experiences and desires and how that leads to our decisions. He defines capitalism more in terms of our inner workings.

Bloom spans across human history, from Jericho to Prince, from the 2008 economic crash to not just 1929, but to 1852 and even back to the 16th century. He brings up stories, analogies, and experiences that vary from business to biology to myth and more.

If you are looking for a unique take on what drives humans to make decisions, our history, and how it connects, influences, and drives us and the economy, look no further. However, if you want a book that gets more to the point of capitalism and how it best works, I would recommend "Economics on One Lesson" by Henry Hazlit.
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Reading Progress

March 12, 2012 – Started Reading
March 12, 2012 – Shelved
March 12, 2012 –
page 219
36.08%
March 17, 2012 –
page 263
43.33%
March 26, 2012 –
page 290
47.78%
April 20, 2012 – Finished Reading

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