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"In A Splendid Exchange, Bill Bernstein has further burnished his credentials as both an economic historian and a felicitous writer. He has given us an eye-opening, brilliantly researched, anecdote-laced, and exciting-to-read history of global trade. Readers of this compelling saga will be intellectually rewarded, enticed, and amused--and more sensitively attuned to the challenges of today's version of the globalization that has driven so much of civilization's economic growth and social progress."
--John C. Bogle, founder, the Vanguard Group
"A Splendid Exchange is filled with adroit observations on the evolution of trade from the ancient world to today. Bernstein draws upon a vast historical context to show how trade's development is part of society's natural progression toward prosperity, and he makes a convincing case that trade and trade policy have been the catalyst for the development of ambitious nations. He correctly asserts that we must be aware of how it has shaped the past because it will continue to have a pivotal role--for better and for worse--as we move into the future. Politicians take heed!"
--Arthur Laffer, founder and chairman, Laffer Associates
"Bernstein illuminates modern debates in a sweeping history of international trade, weaving skillfully between rollicking adventures and scholarship. His history of trade from the ancients to the present is a story of our irrepressible urge to exchange goods, which in turn fostered exchanges of art, science, and ideas. The story of trade is the story of humankind; all in all, a happy story indeed."
--Pietra Rivoli, author of The Travels of a T-Shirt in the Global Economy
"Think contentious debate over globalization is something new? Think again. With a staggering understanding of the role of trade in history and a storyteller's touch for illuminating its human impact, William Bernstein takes us back to the days of `ghost ships' and perilous land journeys to explain how age-old debates over trade's winners and losers shape today's bitter divisions over free trade and protectionism. Along the way, Bernstein uncovers the roots of Sino-American trade tensions and explains how century-old backlashes over free trade continue to reverberate as the world's nations become ever more connected to each other through commerce. Bernstein has given us a master's insights into the past to help us understand an issue of deep divisions in the present age."
--Sara Bongiorni, author of A Year without "Made in China"
"Bernstein's powerful book demonstrates that trade is a fascinating, pervasive, and often dominant factor in human history. But Bernstein also provides us with memorable stories about nations around the world and through the centuries. Economics, sociology, military strategy, and even health care are here, as well as a striking group of vivid personalities. The book is not just essential reading; it is fun all the way."
--Peter L. Bernstein, author of Against the Gods
"Bill Bernstein is a funny, lively storyteller who engages us with rich stories that tell how international trade and economic history have evolved together from the Stone Age on. This book is a wonderful way to learn history, geography and economics. As I read it, I felt like a kid reading about Uncle Scrooge's adventures among old civilizations in strange lands, all the while harvesting ideas for my classes."
--Ed Tower, Professor of Economics, Duke University
Every time I put the book down for the night, I couldn't wait to pick it up again.
This book was a very interesting read and provides a look at history from an entirely different perspective than what I learned in school.
The author seems to write out of love for the subject, rather than to make a name for himself.
This book is filled with tons of very interesting information about the world of trade right from the pre Christian Era to the twentieth century. Read morePublished 17 days ago by VIVEK SHIVDASANI
This is a book that is somewhere between a light read and an academic tome. That was good for me, but historians will want even more footnotes and most people at the beach will... Read morePublished 25 days ago by David Mitchell
Bernstein interweaves trade, navigation, global economics and the birth of the corporation into a wonderful story.Published 28 days ago by Richard Tucker, PMP
A clear, in depth tour through the history of trade written in a way that entertains, explains and instructs. Well worth reading!Published 1 month ago by Leywood
This is a wonderfully entertaining and informative story of trade and its effects on culture, religion, politics, technology, and history. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Marty Smith
The history up to the industrial revolution was very well done. The discussion of the post World War II period relied a bit too much on economic theory.Published 1 month ago by Vincent A. Roscelli
a fascinating review of world history through the eyes of commercePublished 1 month ago by marshall a. stevens
I needed this book for a class. I thought I would be super bored but I found it to be very interesting. I was very pleased with Amazon.Published 2 months ago by Shirley Cox