In this lively history of consumer debt in America, ecomic historian Louis Hyman demonstrates that today's problems are t as new as we think. Borrow examines how the rise of consumer borrowing--virtually unkwn before the twentieth century--has altered our culture and ecomy. Starting in the years before the Great Depression, increased access to money raised living standards but also introduced unforeseen risks. As lending grew more and more profitable, it displaced funds available for business borrowing, setting our ecomy on an unsustainable course. Told through the vivid stories of individuals and institutions affected by these changes, Borrow charts the collision of commerce and culture in twentieth-century America, giving an historical perspective on what is new--and what is t--in today's ecomic turmoil. A Paperback Original
Louis Hyman attended Columbia University, where he received a BA in history and mathematics. A former Fulbright scholar and a consultant at McKinsey & Co., he received his PhD in American history in 2007 from Harvard University. He is currently an assistant professor in Cornell University's School of Industrial and Labor Relations, where he teaches history.