The Enigma of Capital
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The Enigma of Capital : And the Crises of Capitalism

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For three centuries the capitalist system has shaped western society, informed its rulers, and conditioned the lives of its people. Has the time come to move beyond it? Using his unrivalled knowledge of the subject, Harvey lays bare the follies of the international financial system, looking at the nature of capitalism, how it works and why sometimes it doesn't. He examines the vast flows of money that surge round the world in daily volumes well in excess of the sum of all its economies. He looks at the cycles of boom and bust in the world's housing and stock markets and shows that periodic episodes of meltdown are not only inevitable in the capitalist system but essential to its survival. The Enigma of Capital is a timely call-to-arms for the end of the capitalism, and makes a compelling case for a new social order that would allow us to live within a system that could be responsible, just and humane

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  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 130 x 194 x 24mm | 222.26g
  • Profile Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1846683092
  • 9781846683091
  • 18,599

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A lucid and penetrating account of how the power of capital shapes our world -- Andrew Gamble Independent - Book of the Week A well-timed call for the overthrow of capitalism ... elegant ... entertainingly swashbuckling -- John Gapper Financial Times

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About David Harvey

'David Harvey provoked a revolution in his field and has inspired a generation of radical intellectuals' - Naomi Klein David Harvey is Distinguished Professor of Anthropology at the City University of New York Graduate School where he has taught since 2001. His course on Marx's Capital, developed with students over forty years, has been downloaded by over two million people since appearing on the CUNY website in mid-2008. He is the author of Seventeen Contradictions and the End of Capitalism, The Condition of Postmodernity and The Enigma of Capital.

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