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What Has Government Done to Our Money?: and The Case for a 100 Percent Gold Dollar Audiobook (Unabridged)

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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (678 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Murray N. Rothbard Narrator: Jeff Riggenbach Publisher: Ludwig von Mises Institute Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The Mises Institute is pleased to present this audio edition of Rothbard's most famous monetary essay - the one that has influenced two generations of economists, investors, and business professionals. The Mises Institute has united this book with its natural complement: a detailed reform proposal for a 100 percent gold dollar. The Case for a 100 Percent Gold Dollar was written a decade before the last vestiges of the gold standard were abolished. Rothbard's unique plan for making the dollar sound again still holds up. Some people have said that Rothbard tells us what is wrong with money but not what to do about it. Well, with the addition of this essay, the problem and the answer are united in a comprehensive whole.

After presenting the basics of money and banking theory, Rothbard traces the decline of the dollar from the 18th century to the present and provides lucid critiques of central banking, New Deal monetary policy, Nixonian fiat money, and fixed exchange rates. He also provides a blueprint for a return to a 100 percent reserve gold standard. The book made huge theoretical advances. Rothbard was the first to prove that the government, and only the government, can destroy money on a mass scale, and he showed exactly how they go about this dirty deed. But just as importantly, it is beautifully written. He tells a thrilling story because he loves the subject so much.The passion that Murray Rothbard feels for the topic comes through in the prose and transfers to the reader. Readers become excited about the subject and tell others. Students tell professors. Some, like the great Ron Paul of Texas, have even run for political office after having read it.

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Listener Reviews

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Review by Haley | 2/16/2014

    " Very good 'nuts and bolts' book about economics. Slightly technical at times for the econ-tarded like me, but provides an excellent understanding of the fundamentals that have led us to our current financial mess. Great for a beginner who doesn't have much economics background or understanding. Would highly recommend to anyone who wants a better understanding of current events. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Review by David | 2/3/2014

    " Well, it's certainly dry, but I think he has a really good explanation of what money is. Who cares you say? Well, unless you think government creates wealth or you want to be poor for ever, you should. Failure to understand what money IS is a serious issue in our society. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Review by Chris Macomber | 2/2/2014

    " This book was very informational on a project i was doing and gave me a lot of background knowledge. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Review by Alex | 1/28/2014

    " Must read. Really. "

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About the Author
Author Murray N. Rothbard

Murray N. Rothbard (1926–1995), the author of twenty-five books and thousands of articles, was a historian, philosopher, and dean of the Austrian School of Economics. He was the S. J. Hall distinguished professor of economics at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and also academic vice president of the Ludwig von Mises Institute in Auburn, Alabama.

About the Narrator

Jeff Riggenbach has narrated numerous titles for Blackstone Audio. An author, contributing editor, and producer, he has worked in radio in San Francisco for the last thirty years, earning a Golden Mike Award for journalistic excellence.