The history of economic genius is a tale of brilliance, egomania and borderline insanity.
Since the earliest days, a cast of sometimes colourful individuals have pondered in the key to accumulating wealth and power. Paul Strathern has produced an erudite and witty narrative of these thinkers, together with their miraculous, and sometimes disastrous, ideas.
The book 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 enriching and entertaining account of the great, the good and the downright bad in economic theories - from double-entry bookkeeping to game theory. In fact, everything you ever wanted to know about economics, but were too afraid to ask.