A Nation of Deadbeats: An Uncommon History of America's Financial Disasters

A Nation of Deadbeats: An Uncommon History of America's Financial Disasters

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The story of America is a story of dreamers and defaulters.  It is also a story of dramatic financial panics that defined the nation, created its political parties, and forced tens of thousands to escape their creditors to new towns in Texas, Florida, and California.  As far back as 1792, these panics boiled down to one simple question: Would Americans pay their debts—or were we just a nation of deadbeats?

From the merchant William Duer’s attempts to speculate… (more)

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A fascinating historical narrative, even if Nelson occasionally confuses cause and effect with correlation or even coincidence in some of his case studies.

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Book Details  


Publisher: Vintage (September 04, 2012)

Format: EPUB

Page count: 352 pages

File size: 4.9 MB

Protection: DRM

Language: English


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