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“Fascinating and provocative read... Works of such scope and ambition rarely come along in economics...”

Robert H. NelsonEconomic History Association

Beautifully written ... for the first two-thirds I could not put it down or turn my mind to anything else ... a compulsive read.”

Samuel BrittanFinancial Times

“It draws attention to the people and invites its readers to look outside the box.”

Der Spiegel