"The History of Money and Banking Before the Twentieth Century" from Part 1 of Murray N. Rothbard's book, 'A History of Money and Banking in the United States: The Colonial Era to World War II,' Audio book produced by the Ludwig von Mises Institute and read by Matthew Mezinskis. http://mises.org
The master teacher of American economic history covers money and banking in the whole of American history, to show that the meltdown of our times is hardly the first. And guess what caused them in the past? Paper money, loose credit, reckless lending standards, government profligacy, and central banking.
Read Murray N. Rothbard's complete book, "A History of Money and Banking in the United States: The Colonial Era to World War II" online: http://mises.org/resources/1022
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Murray N. Rothbard (1926-1995) was America's greatest radical libertarian author -- writing authoritatively about ethics, philosophy, economics, American history, and the history of ideas. He presented the most fundamental challenge to the legitimacy of government, and he refined thinking about the self-ownership and non-coercion principles.
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