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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
If your not into history it is a hard follow until later chapters. Not chronological which makes it harder to follow as well. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Carrie
The author describes a world history based on trade. It is trade that has produced the world's history. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Eric Mascarin Perigault
Entertaining yet absolutely jam packed with great info. I haven't met anyone who didn't love it. Helps if you're a history buff though.Published 5 months ago by Mary Turzo
Entertaining and usefull reading :) The book is rather big, but the time spent on reading is not wasted. Each reader can find something particular in it. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Pavlo Chumak
This book was recommended to me by a friend, about the same age as I am. (I was born when Calvin Coolidge was president.
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The way the author writes the content is down to earth. The necessity for trade isn't any different from the past. I'm having a good time reading it.Published 8 months ago by Peggy Durant
An excellent introduction to the economics of trade. How trade, restrictions on trade, etc. affected world events and vice versa. Well written, flowing narrative.Published 8 months ago by Andrea Twain
All in all the book provides the reader with a really strong history of global trade. Unfortunately there is a certain degree of Eurocentricity that breaks the focus in earlier... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Daniel Matthew John Keevy
This book was a very interesting read and provides a look at history from an entirely different perspective than what I learned in school. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Michael Elam