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Kevin Cochrane has a witty and informed perspective that allows him to identify surprising themes running through history. Developed through his 20 years as a professor, Cochrane's classes are known as "rock n' roll without music." In addition to appearing regularly on TV to explain current economic trends, as well as frequently writing newspaper columns, he was finally persuaded to write a book tracing economic development in a way that only he can do. He and his wife currently divide their time between homes in Palm Springs and New Orleans.

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  • File Size: 105 KB
  • Print Length: 120 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1451567871
  • Publisher: Create Space (May 2, 2010)
  • Publication Date: May 2, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003KGBMPI
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dani Alexis on October 20, 2011
Format: Paperback
Kevin Cochrane's The Potter's Keeper explores basic economics by following a little-considered yet key trend throughout human history: ceramics. By examining how ceramics were developed, used, and traded, the book teaches economics and the history of pottery by enthralling the reader with tales of days gone by.

The Potter's Keeper begins in 25,000 BCE, where Cochrane, a professor of economics, theorizes that the Neanderthals died out and Homo sapiens came to rule the day because the latter group figured out how to make ceramic pots, while the former did not. With ceramic pots, Homo sapiens had a way to trade food and other goods - because they could now be measured by the pot-load - and also had an impetus for developing a division of labor system, in which some people obtained food for the group while others worked on making or trading other implements. Neanderthals lacked both these skills, however, making theirs an "each Neanderthal hunts for him- or herself" group that could not survive in the long term, much less form a cohesive society. Although Cochrane doesn't mention it, this theory conforms cleanly to Darwin's theories, which also propose that species in general, and human beings in particular, often have a greater chance of survival when they cooperate within the group.)

After its humble beginnings in a fictional yet plausible prehistory, The Potter's Keeper pushes forward in time, tracing the development and refinement of pottery through such high points in history as the Roman Empire, which developed the world's first landfill with a dump site containing millions of shattered ceramic vessels, and the Ming dynasty, where Chinese artists created and painted porcelain pieces of extraordinary beauty.
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"The Potter's Keeper" by Kevin Cochrane is an interesting book that looks at the status of economics from an interesting perspective. His book discusses how pottery and more specifically ceramics have shaped the world from the early Homo sapiens to modern man. In the beginning ceramic pottery was used in trade as well as to measure and transport other goods. We still use pottery in this manner; however, we have also advanced to the point that we are using ceramics in our technological devices as well.

I enjoyed reading this book because it is not like other conventional books about the history of economics. I like the way Cochrane infuses history and specifically ceramics into his explanations. It takes an often times dry subject and gives it some personality.
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Busted pottery is what will take man to Mars. "The Potter's Keeper: 25,000 Years of Pottery and Trade Told by the Characters That Lived It" uses pottery as a cornerstone of human history and evolution, linking everything together from how the most primitive pottery of the neanderthals lead to our high tech world where wires are a relic of the past. "The Potter's Keeper" is an intriguing read and is not to be missed.
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He explains economics in a simple and interesting manner that has you hooked. Usally similar economic texts are and boring but Kevin Cochrane's point of view and years of experince in the subject leaves you hooked for more.
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