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A panoramic history of trade, industry and economic thought, from prehistoric times to the present.

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Philip Coggan writes the Bartleby column for Economist and is the former writer of the Buttonwood column. Prior to joining Economist he worked for the Financial Times for 20 years. In 2009, he was voted Senior Financial Journalist of the Year in the Wincott awards and best communicator in the Business Journalist of the Year Awards. Among his books are The Money Machine, a guide to the city that is still in print after 25 years and The Economist Guide to Hedge Funds. His book Paper Promises was Spears' business book of the year in 2012.


This is economics entertainingly and expertly demystified ... Coggan, a columnist at The Economist, is one of the best financial journalists of his generation ... This is a grown-up book that is not suitable for adolescent Twitter warriors of the left or right -- James Kirkup * Times *
Big and timely ... Coggan's account of the rise of the world economy is accessible and mercifully free of jargon * Sunday Times *
Lucid and wide-ranging ... vivid, lively and rich in insight -- Felix Martin * FT *
It is a real pleasure, then, to read a history that naturally includes the crises but sets them in the context of the immense economic advances over the past ten millennia ... Philip Coggan, The Economist's Bartleby columnist, tells the story with both narrative verve and acute observation ... By the end of the book, More has given the reader a vivid sense of the extraordinary achievements of the interwoven modern world economy, with numerous lively anecdotes. It is quite an accomplishment to find the right length to tell a 10,000-year story while including so much relevant detail. -- Diane Coyle * Economist *
Packed with amazing facts ... Occasional brushstrokes of humour add light touches ... given the immensity of the subject, it is a masterpiece of selection and compression. -- Martin Vander Weyer * Literary Review *
More takes a vast 10,000 year sweep of economic history and melds it into a compelling story of countries and conflicts, civilisations and civic institutions, stagnations and transformations. All in little more than 300 pages of lucid prose. It is a majestic must-read. -- Andy Haldane * Chief Economist at the Bank of England *
More is a glorious sweep through economic history. Open any page and Philip Coggan gives us new insights on the global economic system. His new book is an undiluted pleasure. -- Elroy Dimson
Philip Coggan tells his epic story of humankind's economic development with both wisdom and wit. Brilliantly weaving together a sweeping historical narrative with a focus on the "drivers" of development - energy, transportation, government and so on - Coggan has written a book that should be essential reading for anyone seeking to understand how our modern day economy came into being. -- Stephen D. King * author of Grave New World *
Philip Coggan's More is a monumental work of scholarship that never feels like one while you are reading it. All of human economic history is here distilled, with something you didn't know on every page, and today's apparently terrible economic problems put into a clear context.It should be recommended reading for students, economists, anyone who works in business, and anyone with an interest in how our world came to be the way it is. -- John Authers * author of The Fearful Rise of Markets *
More is an extraordinary achievement. How can it be possible to turn 10,000 years of human endeavour into a tale which is at once exciting, coherent and surprisingly optimistic? The Economist's Philip Coggan has a very rare gift. Economics books usually overwhelm the reader with heavy analysis and too many statistics, or frustrate with oversimplification. Coggan distils a vast expanse of human history - the history of trade and economic advance - into a beautifully light and elegantly written tale, full of surprises, and free of ideology. If you have never read any economics, I can think of no better place to start. If you are a seasoned economist, you will discover there is much to learn. I cannot recommend this book highly enough. -- Eric Lonergan * author of Money: The Art of Living *
An engaging and highly accessible narrative about the long historical development of global trade, commerce, and innovation. Philip Coggan writes clearly about how and why it all happened, and gives us cause for optimism in difficult times. -- George Magnus * author of Red Flags: Why Xi's China Is in Jeopardy *
Praise for Paper Promises: This book stands way above anything written on the present economic crisis -- Nassim Nicholas Taleb
[an] illuminating account of the financial crisis... [conveys] deep insights without a trace of jargon ... [a] thought-stirring book -- John Gray * New Statesman *
A remarkable book from one of the most respected economics journalists on the planet. Every page brings a fresh insight or a new surprise. A delight -- Tim Harford, author of 'the Undercover Economist'
By far the best analysis of the "new normal" -- David Stevenson * FT *
A masterful history of financial crises * Independent *
Bold and confident ... Coggan covers the terrain with characteristic calmness and objectivity, avoids over-simplification, and laces his arguments with his trademark erudition ... The alphabet soup of acronyms, from SIVs to CDO Squareds, is blissfully lacking ... Finally, the book is free from the shrieking ideology that afflicts virtually all contemporary debates over money. Indeed, it offers a clear explanation of the fresh ideological divisions that have arisen over how to deal with the crisis ... the book should be taken very seriously * FT *
Fascinating and authoritative, with the rigour and depth to satisfy an economist and the accessibility and pace to engage the layperson ... If everyone read Coggan's book we might just be a little more circumspect if and when the next burst of irrational exuberance overtakes the economy * Management Today *
An excellent book ... a smart and witty analysis of the current economic storm, set in the context of the history of money -- David Wighton * the Times *
Coggan is ... an exceptional banking and economic historian * Irish Examiner *
Coggan traces 'history's tug of war between monetary shortage and excess' in this engaging and timely book about the current financial crisis.... Thoughtful and thorough * Publisher's Weekly *
Praise for the Last Vote: Consistently illuminating ... admirably balanced ... An exploration of democracy's ills that anyone concerned with the current state of the world will benefit from reading. It is a book that addresses universal questions -- John Gray * New Statesman *
Coggan puts his argument together logically and methodically ... His conclusions are sensible and moderate ... It is rather a nice change to read a book which could best be described as a mild rebuke or a gentle warning. In essence, its author is getting a little Joni Mitchell about representative democracy -- David Aaronovitch * the Times *

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