The history of economic genius is a tale of brilliance, egomania and borderline insanity.
From Adam Smith and Karl Marx to John Maynard and Dr Strangelove himself - John von Neumann, the real-life genius who applied his sinister theories to everything from his sex life to nuclear strategy - it features a cast of colourful and fascinating characters who have attempted to stamp their mark on the world.
Paul Strathern uncovers the lives and ideas of the great philosophers of money against the backdrop of some of history's most turbulent events: the South Sea Bubble, the French and Russian revolutions and the crash of 1929.
On the way he provides an entertaining account of the great, the good and the downright bad in economic theories. In fact, everything you ever wanted to know about economics, but were too afraid to ask.