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Kwarteng is clearly a good writer and very knowledgable man. And this book is exceptionally well read.
Author starts well, relating the tales of S. American gold and the state of the Spanish empire. But the book gradually metamorphoses into an increaingly dull and predictably standard account of 20th century economics. So there is plenty about deflation in post war Japan but next to nothing about how the Allies and Axis powers financed WW2.
Kwartemg takes the trouble, most of the time, to explain even simple economic terms which is a great boon for the average reader.
Overall, its as if this book was written to order and in a hurry so, like much of Niail Ferguson's work, which Kwarteng clearly admires, it lacks any real purpose or coherence. A shame as in its best passages this book s really good and addresses a fascinating and important subject.