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Debt by David Graeber
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May 20, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: nonfiction
Read in May, 2012

Whooh. For a while I was thinking, "Is there no idea that this guy won't rip apart?" Some really great thoughts about the history and nature of debt throughout history...right up until the present day. The last couple of chapters (the last 200 years or so) just weren't as heavy and thick with detail as the previous millenia. On the one hand, I can understand -- look, you just can't be an expert on the entirety of history, and writing about recent history would probably be the most challenging for an anthropologist: it's hard to come to conclusions about things that really have only just started happening (200 years being a very small span of time compared to the other things he looked at). On the other hand, I was disappointed not to get the same level of insight as the rest of the book. Still, a game-changer in many ways, and a fascinating read. I'll pick up more of his books, I suspect.
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