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Murray Rothbard, in a complete revision of the standard account, traces inflations, banking panics, and money meltdowns from the Colonial Period through the mid-twentieth century to show how the American government's systematic war on sound money is the hidden force behind nearly all major economic calamities in American history. This audio edition is narrated by Matthew Menzinskis.

A History of Money and Banking in the United States Before the Twentieth Century Mises Institute

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Murray Rothbard, in a complete revision of the standard account, traces inflations, banking panics, and money meltdowns from the Colonial Period through the mid-twentieth century to show how the American government's systematic war on sound money is the hidden force behind nearly all major economic calamities in American history. This audio edition is narrated by Matthew Menzinskis.

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4.1 out of 5
31 Ratings

31 Ratings

Intrepidpariah ,

This is the red pill, don't listen if you want contentment.

I'm a CPA, I read extensively, and I've only started taking Austrian economics seriously in the last year, and only in the last six months have I started taking historical interest in how money and banking developed in the US. I went back to history textbooks and found them begging the question when the topic of central banking and statism arose, so I searched for something with more substance and found much more than expected in this book. I'm no longer able to passively consider the passage of any legislation without wondering; who will most benefit and who will most be harmed by this banking "reform"? What moral hazards will be created by the latest attempt to reign in a problem created by the government granted banking monopolies? The sheer number of statistics, facts and detailed data left me needing to buy the book to make adequate notes. I highly recommend listening to this if you feel what you learned in school may not have been the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. The detailed accounting of political, family and business relationships presented in this book is mind boggling. I was unaware of Rothbard a year ago, and only read him for the first time four months ago, I've subsequently listened to over 350 hors of lectures on economics in iTunesU, and read man economy and state, listened to human action and generally tried to absorb as much economic knowledge as possible. This work is masterful.

Laurak70 ,

The segments are too short.

I downloaded this onto my iPhone. But iphone does not let you play this as a playlist. which means I have to manually play the next segment. After a while this gets annoying especially since I listen to these things when I work out. And each time I have to stop my routine iin order to play the next chapter. THis is such a simple concept one wonders why this wasn't done. MIses should combine those into single hour long segments.

Sheila F. ,

Good content, bad narrative

I downloaded this series because I'm genuinely interested in history and banking. I just started playing the first chapter. Ten minutes into it I can't bear to listen more. Why? Because the narrative is terrible! The reader truly sounds like a computer; dull and lifeless. The pace of the reading is very slow. Every word is drawn out and read at the same slow pace in a most agonizing way. Give this a quick listen before bothering to download this series.

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