ISBN 9781408704271,The Rich : From Slaves to Supe Yachts a 2000 Year History

The Rich : From Slaves to Supe Yachts a 2000 Year History



Little, Brown Book Group

Publication Year 2014

ISBN 9781408704271

ISBN-10 1408704277


Number of Pages 480 Pages
Language (English)


From the Orwell prize shortlisted author of Freedom for Sale, the rich is the fascinating history of how economic elites from ancient Egypt to the present day have gained and spent their money. Starting with the Romans and Ancient Egypt and culminating with the oligarchies of modern Russia and China, it compares and contrasts the rich and powerful down the ages and around the world. What unites them? Have the same instincts of entrepreneurship, ambition, vanity, greed and philanthropy applied throughout? As contemporary politicians, economists and the public wrestle with the inequities of our time-the parallel world inhabited by the ultra-wealthy at a time of broader hardship-it is salutary to look to history for explanations. This book synthesises thousands of years of human behavior and asks the question-is the development of the globalized super-rich over the past twenty years anything new?