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Debt: The First 5,000 Years
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Melville Pub House
Publication date October 28, 2014
Pages 542
Binding Paperback
Edition Upd exp
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9781612194196
ISBN-10 1612194192
Dimensions 1.75 by 5.50 by 8.50 in.
Weight 1.15 lbs.
Original list price $22.00
Summaries and Reviews description: Product Description: Now in paperback, the updated and expanded edition : David Graeber’s “fresh . . . fascinating . . . thought-provoking . . . and exceedingly timely” (Financial Times) history of debt
Here anthropologist David Graeber presents a stunning reversal of conventional wisdom: he shows that before there was money, there was debt. For more than 5,000 years, since the beginnings of the first agrarian empires, humans have used elaborate credit systems to buy and sell goods—that is, long before the invention of coins or cash. It is in this era, Graeber argues, that we also first encounter a society divided into debtors and creditors.

Graeber shows that arguments about debt and debt forgiveness have been at the center of political debates from Italy to China, as well as sparking innumerable insurrections. He also brilliantly demonstrates that the language of the ancient works of law and religion (words like “guilt,” “sin,” and “redemption”) derive in large part from ancient debates about debt, and shape even our most basic ideas of right and wrong. We are still fighting these battles today without knowing it.

from Melville Pub House (July 12, 2011)
9781933633862 | details & prices | 534 pages | 6.25 × 9.50 × 2.00 in. | 1.65 lbs | List price $32.00
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Upd exp edition from Melville Pub House (October 28, 2014)
9781612194196 | details & prices | 542 pages | 5.50 × 8.50 × 1.75 in. | 1.15 lbs | List price $22.00
About: Now in paperback, the updated and expanded edition : David Graeber’s “fresh .
Reprint edition from Melville Pub House (November 27, 2012)
9781612191294 | details & prices | 534 pages | 6.25 × 9.00 × 1.50 in. | 1.15 lbs | List price $22.00
About: Now in paperback: David Graeber’s “fresh .
from Random House (June 12, 2012)
9781612191812 | details & prices | 534 pages | 5.50 × 8.25 × 1.45 in. | 1.15 lbs | List price $25.55
About: Every economics textbook says the same thing: money was invented to replace onerous and complicated barter systems&ndash,to relieve ancient people from having to haul their goods to market.
With Veronica Ray | Reprint edition from Ballantine Books (November 1, 1993); titled "Design for Growth: Twelve Steps for Adult Children"
9780345385178 | details & prices | 4.25 × 6.75 × 0.50 in. | 0.20 lbs | List price $4.99
This edition also contains Design for Growth: Twelve Steps for Adult Children
About: Explains the Twelve Steps in a way that addresses adult children's special needs and problems, showing readers how to break through denial, accept the past, grow in the present, and use prayer, meditation, and affirmations to heal.

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