Popes and Bankers: A Cultural History of Credit and Debt, from Aristotle to AIG  -     By: Jack Cashill
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Popes and Bankers: A Cultural History of Credit and Debt, from Aristotle to AIG

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Credit and debt have been around forever, shaping civilization in ways modern bankers cannot even dream of. Looking at ancient history from Plato to Payday loans, the Council of Nicea to the Al Qaeda Reader, learn about how money has helped turn America into a great civilization. 272 pages, paperback.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 272
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2010
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ISBN: 1595552731
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AMIDST THE WRECKAGE OF FINANCIAL RUIN, PEOPLE ARE LEFT PUZZLING ABOUT HOW IT HAPPENED. WHERE DID ALL THE PROBLEMS BEGIN?

For the answer, Jack Cashill, a journalist as shrewd as he is seasoned, looks past the headlines and deep into pages of history and comes back with the goods. From Plato to payday loans, from Aristotle to AIG, from Shakespeare to the Salomon Brothers, from the Medici to Bernie Madoff—in Popes and Bankers Jack Cashill unfurls a fascinating story of credit and debt, usury and “the sordid love of gain.”

With a dizzying cast of characters, including church officials, gutter loan sharks, and even the Knights Templar, Cashill traces the creative tension between “pious restraint” and “economic ambition” through the annals of human history and illuminates both the dark corners of our past and the dusty corners of our billfolds. 

Author Bio

Jack Cashill has written for The WSJ, Washington Post, Weekly Standard, and regularly in the American Thinker and WorldNetDaily. Recent books include Hoodwinked, Sucker Punch, and What’s The Matter With California. Jack has a Ph.D. from Purdue.

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  1. Jeremy West
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    May 2, 2010
    Jeremy West
    From Plato to payday loans, from Aristotle to AIG, from Shakespeare to the Salomon Brothers, from the Medici to Bernie Madoff, this book goes deep into the history of credit and debt to uncover secrets hidden in time. Jack Cashill delves under the surface of secrecy and mystery to discover an entire realm of people and place unknown to the common man. The realm of bankers is typically a confidential business that deals with money some, but mostly with corruption, laundering, theft, lying, cheating, and worse. He explains some otherwise confusing terms such as creditor, usury, et cetera. He tells the cultural history of everything money from the Middle Age to the Modern Era and from Dantes Inferno to the IRS. Upon first receiving this book, I was really taken back by the fact that this book was completely out of my normal playing field of reading but I began reading it anyway. At first glance, I thought Oh boy, this one could be a doozy but as I continued, it intrigued me to learn the history behind what we know as credit and debt. This is truly a great book on finances and social history. I would recommend it to any person dealing with finances (which would be every family) and also history, accounting, and any other secondary educators.
  2. Kathy Leicester
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    April 16, 2010
    Kathy Leicester
    Popes & Bankers, A Cultural History of Credit & Debt, From Aristotle to AIG is a delightful and informative story. It is well worth buying a copy and keeping it around to read, to study, to use as a reference, to share with others who may have misconceptions about the desirability of personal responsibility, liberty, and capitalism.Each chapter could stand on its own as a brief story on a particular topic or time. This is one of the things that made it such a delightful read. There is so much information in each chapter that its not a quick read, however. I suggest taking plenty of time to read and consider the books wisdom.The last paragraph is well worth the price of admission.
  3. Emanuel Pavel
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    April 7, 2010
    Emanuel Pavel
    Jack Cashill este un jurnalist care a avut contributii la publicatiile Fortune, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Weekly Standard, AmericanThinker.com, si mai nou la WorldNetDaily. Cartea sa Popes and Bankers: A Cultural History of Credit and Debt, from Aristotle to AIG nu dezamageste, oferind o suma de informatii in secventa temporala care arata cum idea intrajutorarii financiare(citeste si camata, loan, dobanda) a ajuns sa sustina dezvoltarea pe multiple planuri a societatii umane.Astfel intalnesti legaturi intre perspectiva asupra finantelor din Scripturile evreisti sau din perioada primara a bisericii crestine, cu idei sustinute de Aristotel, Toma DAquino sau Karl Marx pana la ingineriile financiare ale familei Rothchild; toate stau la cateva pagini distanta prezentand aventura banului in lumea omului(sau aventura omului in lumea banului). In Infernul lui Dante sau Decameronul lui Boccaccio (fiu de bancher si el) banul si placerea de al avea arata fata hidoasa a inimii omului.Ai in fata ochilor un cos bogat in care intalnesti situatii din vremea antica pana la cele din perioada renasterii sau modernismului legate intre ele prin concluzii sinoptice ce evidentieaza factorii care au influntat sistemului bancar.detalii pe www.blog.punctul.com
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