“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 it’s not a quick read, however. I suggest taking plenty of time to read and consider the book’s wisdom.
The last paragraph is worth the price of admission.