• A History of Money and Banking in the United States: The Colonial Era to World War II

  • By: Murray N. Rothbard
  • Narrated by: Matthew Mezinskis
  • Length: 13 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 02-02-16
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Ludwig von Mises Institute
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.3 (3 ratings)

Summary

In what is sure to become the standard account, Rothbard traces inflations, banking panics, and money meltdowns from the colonial period through the mid-20th century to show how government's systematic war on sound money is the hidden force behind nearly all major economic calamities in American history.
Never has the story of money and banking been told with such rhetorical power and theoretical vigor. You will treasure this volume.
From the introduction by Joseph Salerno:
"Rothbard employs the Misesian approach to economic history consistently and dazzlingly throughout the volume to unravel the causes and consequences of events and institutions ranging over the course of US monetary history, from the colonial times through the New Deal era. One of the important benefits of Rothbard's unique approach is that it naturally leads to an account of the development of the US monetary system in terms of a compelling narrative linking human motives and plans that oftentimes are hidden and devious, leading to outcomes that sometimes are tragic. And one will learn much more about monetary history from reading this exciting story than from poring over reams of statistical analysis. Although its five parts were written separately, this volume presents a relatively integrated narrative, with very little overlap, that sweeps across 300 years of US monetary history."
©2005 Ludwig von Mises Institute (P)2010 Ludwig von Mises Institute
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5 out of 5 stars
By Jakob on 18-03-16

A lot to take in.

I like the way Rothbard relays the facts. He distinguishes clearly between his analysis and the actual history of money and banking. This book changes my view of the history in general.
About the narration: Very well enunciated at a comfortable speed, given the complexity of the subject. Minor issues with word stress; stressing correct words among groups of words.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 07-03-16

should be a part of everyone's collection

Need more truth tellers like Rothbard, who valued the advancement of truth and reason over the advancement of his own status or career.

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