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Audiobooks for economic history buffs

Trace the thread of history from the Feudal era to the modern mixed economy with these books on economic theory through the ages. 
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    Bitcoin Billionaires

    A True Story of Genius, Betrayal, and Redemption

    by Ben Mezrich ...
    Narrated by Will Damron ...

    Unabridged

    9 hours 35 min

    **"**Narrating with subtle pitch and phrasing variations, Will Damron connects with every bit of the drama and interpersonal tension that pervade this story. His pleasing voice and facility with dialogue are enormously enjoyable...Damron's superb performance adds to the excitement and makes this captivating listening." -- AudioFile Magazine, Earphones Award winnerFrom Ben Mezrich, the New York ... Read more

    $19.49 USD or FREE with audiobook trial

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    The Sovereign Individual

    Mastering the Transition to the Information Age

    Unabridged

    19 hours 20 min

    INCLUDES A NEW PREFACE WRITTEN BY PETER THIEL, FOUNDER OF PAYPAL!Two renowned investment advisors and authors of the bestseller The Great Reckoning bring to light both currents of disaster and the potential for prosperity and renewal in the face of radical changes in human history as we move into the next century.The Sovereign Individual details strategies necessary for adapting financially to the ... Read more

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    Capital and Ideology

    Narrated by Rick Adamson ...

    Unabridged

    48 hours 57 min

    The epic successor to one of the most important books of the century: at once a retelling of global history, a scathing critique of contemporary politics, and a bold proposal for a new and fairer economic systemThomas Piketty’s bestselling Capital in the Twenty-First Century galvanized global debate about inequality. In this audacious follow-up, Piketty challenges us to revolutionize how we think ... Read more

    $39.95 USD or FREE with audiobook trial

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    Fulfillment

    Winning and Losing in One-Click America

    Narrated by Danny Gavigan ...

    Unabridged

    12 hours 22 min

    An award-winning journalist investigates Amazon’s impact on the wealth and poverty of towns and cities across the United States.In 1937, the famed writer and activist Upton Sinclair published a novel bearing the subtitle A Story of Ford-America. He blasted the callousness of a company worth “a billion dollars” that underpaid its workers while forcing them to engage in repetitive and sometimes ... Read more

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    When China Rules the World

    The End of the Western World and the Birth of a New Global Order

    Narrated by Scott Peterson ...

    Unabridged

    16 hours 33 min

    HOW CHINA'S ASCENDANCE AS AN ECONOMIC SUPERPOWER WILL ALTER THE CULTURAL, POLITICAL, SOCIAL, AND ETHNIC BALANCE OF GLOBAL POWER IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY, UNSEATING THE WEST AND IN THE PROCESS CREATING A WHOLE NEW WORLD According to even the most conservative estimates, China will overtake the United States as the world's largest economy by 2027 and will ascend to the position of world economic ... Read more

    $34.98 USD or FREE with audiobook trial

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    Lights Out

    Pride, Delusion, and the Fall of General Electric

    Narrated by James Edward Thomas ...

    Unabridged

    13 hours 38 min

    **A WALL STREET JOURNAL BESTSELLER"If you’re in any kind of leadership role—whether at a company, a non-profit, or somewhere else—there’s a lot you can learn here."—Bill Gates, Gates NotesHow could General Electric—perhaps America’s most iconic corporation—suffer such a swift and sudden fall from grace?**This is the definitive history of General Electric’s epic decline, as told by the two Wall ... Read more

    $22.95 USD or FREE with audiobook trial

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    The Great Degeneration

    How Institutions Decay and Economies Die

    Narrated by Paul Slack ...

    Unabridged

    4 hours 18 min

    Bestselling author and world-renowned historian Niall Ferguson has won widespread acclaim for thought-provoking works such as Civilization and High Financier. The Great Degeneration tackles nothing less than the decline of Western civilization. Ferguson posits that slowing growth, outrageous debt, and antisocial behavior are contributing to the erosion of the West's once rock-solid foundations. ... Read more

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    How the Other Half Banks

    Exclusion, Exploitation, and the Threat to Democracy

    Narrated by Priya Ayyar ...

    Unabridged

    9 hours 36 min

    The United States has two separate banking systems today―one serving the well-to-do and another exploiting everyone else. How the Other Half Banks contributes to the growing conversation on American inequality by highlighting one of its prime causes: unequal credit.Mehrsa Baradaran examines how a significant portion of the population, deserted by banks, is forced to wander through a Wild West of ... Read more

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    The Upside of Down

    Why the Rise of the Rest is Good for the West

    by Charles Kenny ...
    Narrated by Tim Andres Pabon ...

    Unabridged

    6 hours 30 min

    America is in decline, and the rise of the East suggests a bleak future for the world's only superpower - so goes the conventional wisdom. But what if the traditional measures of national status are no longer as important as they once were? What if America's well-being was assessed according to entirely different factors? In The Upside of Down, Charles Kenny argues that America's so-called decline ... Read more

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    Blood Diamonds

    Tracing the Path of the World’s Most Precious Stones

    by Greg Campbell ...
    Narrated by Tom Weiner ...

    Unabridged

    7 hours 2 min

    The true story of the events that inspired the feature film Blood DiamondFirst discovered in 1930, the diamonds of Sierra Leone have funded one of the most savage rebel campaigns in modern history. These “blood diamonds” are smuggled out of West Africa and sold to legitimate diamond merchants in London, Antwerp, and New York, often with the complicity of the international diamond industry. ... Read more

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    The Myth of Capitalism

    Monopolies and the Death of Competition

    Narrated by Pamela Almand ...

    Unabridged

    9 hours 53 min

    The Myth of Capitalism tells the story of how America has gone from an open, competitive marketplace to an economy where a few very powerful companies dominate key industries that affect our daily lives. Digital monopolies like Google, Facebook, and Amazon act as gatekeepers to the digital world. Amazon is capturing almost all online shopping dollars. We have the illusion of choice, but for most ... Read more

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    The Forgotten Depression

    1921: The Crash That Cured Itself

    by James Grant ...
    Narrated by Rick Adamson ...

    Unabridged

    9 hours 18 min

    James Grant's story of America's last governmentally untreated depression: A bible for conservative economists, this "carefully researched history . . . makes difficult economic concepts easy to understand, and it deftly mixes major events with interesting vignettes"-The Wall Street Journal. In 1920-1921, Woodrow Wilson and Warren G. Harding met a deep economic slump by seeming to ignore it, ... Read more

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    The Case for Climate Capitalism

    Economic Solutions for a Planet in Crisis

    by Tom Rand ...
    Narrated by Jim Seybert ...

    Unabridged

    10 hours 11 min

    A warming climate and a general distrust of Wall Street has opened a new cultural divide: anti-market critics from Naomi Klein to the Pope target capitalism itself as a root cause of climate change, while neoconservatives who diminish the climate threat are in favor of market fundamentalism. Tom Rand argues that both sides in this emerging cultural war are ill-equipped to provide solutions to the ... Read more

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    Goliath

    The 100-Year War Between Monopoly Power and Democracy

    by Matt Stoller ...
    Narrated by Jonathan Davis ...

    Unabridged

    20 hours 17 min

    “Every thinking American must read” (The Washington Book Review) this startling and “insightful” (The New York Times) look at how concentrated financial power and consumerism has transformed American politics, and business.Going back to our country’s founding, Americans once had a coherent and clear understanding of political tyranny, one crafted by Thomas Jefferson and updated for the industrial ... Read more

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    Superpower

    One Man's Quest to Transform American Energy

    by Russell Gold ...
    Narrated by Michael David Axtell ...

    Unabridged

    9 hours 16 min

    Meet Michael Skelly, the man boldly harnessing wind energy that could power America’s future and break its fossil fuel dependence in this “essential, compelling look into the future of the nation’s power grid” (Bryan Burrough, author of The Big Rich).The United States is in the midst of an energy transition. We have fallen out of love with dirty fossil fuels and want to embrace renewable energy ... Read more

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    The Lost Bank

    The Story of Washington Mutual—the Biggest Bank Failure in American History

    by Kirsten Grind ...
    Narrated by Traber Burns ...

    Unabridged

    14 hours 7 min

    During the most dizzying days of the financial crisis, Washington Mutual, a bank with hundreds of billions of dollars in its coffers, suffered a crippling bank run. The story of its final, brutal collapse in the autumn of 2008, and its controversial sale to JPMorgan Chase, is an astonishing account of how one bank lost itself to greed and mismanagement and how the entire financial industry—and ... Read more

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    Misunderstanding Financial Crises

    Why We Don't See Them Coming

    Narrated by Michael Butler Murray ...

    Unabridged

    8 hours 4 min

    Before 2007, economists thought that financial crises would never happen again in the United States, that such upheavals were a thing of the past. Gary B. Gorton, a prominent expert on financial crises, argues that economists fundamentally misunderstand what they are, why they occur, and why there were none in the U.S. from 1934 to 2007. Misunderstanding Financial Crises offers a back-to-basics ... Read more

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    A Little History of Economics

    Narrated by Steven Crossley ...

    Unabridged

    9 hours 52 min

    A lively, inviting account of the history of economics, told through events from ancient to modern times and the ideas of great thinkers in the fieldWhat causes poverty? Are economic crises inevitable under capitalism? Is government intervention in an economy a helpful approach or a disastrous idea? The answers to such basic economic questions matter to everyone; yet the unfamiliar jargon and math ... Read more

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    Who Cooked Adam Smith's Dinner?

    A Story of Women and Economics

    Narrated by Laura Jennings ...

    Unabridged

    6 hours 17 min

    How do you get your dinner? That is the basic question of economics. When economist and philosopher Adam Smith proclaimed that all our actions were motivated by self-interest, he used the example of the baker and the butcher as he laid the foundations for the “economic man.” He argued that the baker and butcher didn't give bread and meat out of the goodness of their hearts. It's an ironic point of ... Read more

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    God and Mammon

    Chronicles of American Money

    by Lance Morrow ...
    Narrated by Tom Parks ...

    Unabridged

    6 hours 23 min

    This book is about the partnership of God and Mammon in the New World-about how Americans have made money and lost money, and about how they have thought about that obsessive and peculiarly American subject. Money is the basic American thing, the life's blood of the country. God and Mammon shows how the dynamics of money in its many dimensions (material, spiritual, cultural, psychological) worked ... Read more

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    The Roman Empire and the Silk Routes

    The Ancient World Economy and the Empires of Parthia, Central Asia and Han China

    Narrated by James Cameron Stewart ...

    Unabridged

    14 hours 21 min

    The Roman Empire and the Silk Routes investigates the trade routes between Rome and the powerful empires of inner Asia, including the Parthian regime which ruled ancient Persia (Iran). It explores Roman dealings with the Kushan Empire which seized power in Bactria (Afghanistan) and laid claim to the Indus Kingdoms. Further chapters examine the development of Palmyra as a leading caravan city on ... Read more

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    The Broken Ladder

    How Inequality Affects the Way We Think, Live, and Die

    by Keith Payne ...
    Narrated by James Anderson Foster ...

    Unabridged

    7 hours 32 min

    A timely examination by a leading scientist of the physical, psychological, and moral effects of inequalityToday’s inequality is on a scale that none of us has seen in our lifetimes, yet this disparity between rich and poor has ramifications that extend far beyond mere financial means. In The Broken Ladder psychologist Keith Payne examines how inequality divides us not just economically, but also ... Read more

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    Planet India

    How the Fastest Growing Democracy Is Transforming America and the World

    by Mira Kamdar ...
    Narrated by Shelly Frasier ...

    Unabridged

    11 hours 12 min

    A Lively, indispensable, cutting-edge exploration of our stake in India's gambit to transform itself from a developing country into a global powerhouse in record time. India is everywhere-Indian studios produce animated features and special effects for Hollywood movies; Indian software manages our health records; and Indian customer service centers answer our calls. A country of English speakers ... Read more

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    The Wealth of Nations

    by Adam Smith ...
    Narrated by Gildart Jackson ...

    Unabridged

    36 hours 44 min

    The foundation for all modern economic thought and political economy, The Wealth of Nations is the magnum opus of Scottish economist Adam Smith, who introduces the world to the very idea of economics and capitalism in the modern sense of the words. Smith details his argument in five books: Book I. Of the Causes of Improvement in the Productive Power of Labour Book II. Of the Nature, Accumulation, ... Read more

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