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- DescriptionTo those who don't speak it, the language of money can seem impenetrable and its ideas too complex to grasp. In How to Speak Money, John Lanchester-author of the New York Times best-selling book on the financial crisis, I.O.U.-bridges the gap between the money people and the rest of us. With characteristic wit and candor, Lanchester reveals how the world of finance really works: from the terms and conditions of your personal checking account to the evasions of bankers appearing in front of Congress. As Lanchester writes, we need to understand what the money people are talking about so that those who speak the language don't just write the rules for themselves. Lanchester explains more than 300 words and phrases from AAA rating and amortization to yield curve and zombie bank. He covers things we say or hear every day-such as GDP, the IMF, credit, debt, equity, and inflation-and explains how hedge funds work, what the World Bank does, and why the language of money has gotten so complicated. Along the way he draws on everything from John Maynard Keynes to the Wu-Tang Clan, Friedrich Hayek to Thomas Piketty, The Wealth of Nations to Game of Thrones. A primer, a polemic, and a reference book, How to Speak Money makes ecomics understandable to anyone. After all, money, as Lanchester writes, is a lot like babies, and once you kw the language, the rule is the same as that put forward by Dr. Spock: 'Trust yourself. You kw more than you think you do.'
- Author BiographyJohn Lanchester is the author of Capital, a novel, and I.O.U., a New York Times best-selling book on the financial crisis. A regular contributor to The New Yorker and the New York Review of Books, he lives in London.
- Author(s)John Lanchester
- PublisherWW Norton & Co
- Date of Publication27/11/2015
- SubjectMoney & Consumer Issues
- Place of PublicationNew York
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintWW Norton & Co
- Content Noteillustrations
- Weight230 g
- Width140 mm
- Height211 mm
- Spine20 mm
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