- Hardcover: 298 pages
- Publisher: Ludwig von Mises Institute; 2nd edition (September 10, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1933550287
- ISBN-13: 978-1933550282
- Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 0.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #115,941 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Mystery of Banking Hardcover – September 10, 2008
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The serious flaw deals with free banking, his ideal model. In the main text, he provides Scotland in the early 1800s as his only real-world example. Then, in an appendix, he admits that he was duped by poor research and that the Scottish system was not free after all. Fine and good, but he does not then provide a better example to prove his hypothesis. One is left to assume that free banking has either never been tried (quite likely) or never worked in the way his theories suggest.
This book is especially timely with the recent financial issues facing the US.
Some of the main questions he explores are: What is money? What is the money supply and how much of it do we really need? How do modern commercial banks work? What is the purpose of the central bank and how does it operate? And how did all of this evolve into the current system that we have today, which itself was only possible with the power of government. Murray also explains the nature of the business cycle(boom and bust), and how the business cycle is a direct result of the inherent nature of the banking system, and not the result of free markets or capitalism like everyone assumes. Murray filters out all of the financial and economic jargon used in the media that only confuse the wide public, as well as many economists themselves.
I think most readers will be shocked to learn how a modern bank works and will immediately feel the urge and need to spread the information to others. I think many bankers themselves will be shocked to learn how the broad theory of operation itself is actually hidden from the common bank employee. In the context of the current financial turmoil, the reader will immediately grasp the vast ignorance among the public, politicians, and many so called experts. This is simply a must read for the ordinary person, the banker, as well for the professional economist.
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Although published 25 years ago, this inexpensive ($3.82 when I bought it) book about banking is definitely as relevant today as it was when written. Read morePublished 4 days ago by systemguy
Finally a book that explains banking in a way I, a simple carpenter, can understand.Published 4 months ago by papatch
Rothbard masterfully deciphers a subject purposefully kept mysterious by the powers-that-be and explains their nefarious intentions. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Remo Williams
Brand new book. Still has that brand new book smell. Great service. Thank you. See you on the next purchase.Published 8 months ago by Charles Bartlett
This book explains clearly how banks loan money in a fractional reserve system, as well as how banking functioned on a 100% reserve system. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Melissa Draper
Informative blend of economics and history. Explains in a clear manner how an honest money system should be designed and forgoes complex economic models that talking heads love to... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Justin Gorman