This is economics entertainingly and expertly demystified ... "Coggan, a columnist at The Economist, is one of the best financial journalists of his generation ... This is a grown-up book that is not suitable for adolescent Twitter warriors of the left or right.:—THE TIMES Saturday Edition
"A sharp, readable introduction to how the modern economy came to be."
"A lucid and wide-ranging new history of the global economy."—Financial Times
"By the end of the book, "More" has given the reader a vivid sense of the extraordinary achievements of the interwoven modern world economy, with numerous lively anecdotes. It is quite an accomplishment to find the right length to tell a 10,000-year story while including so much relevant detail."—The Economist
"More is an impressive exercise in expanded journalism, and most readers will find much to agree with in its even-handed and eminently reasonable analysis."—Literary Review
"Boris Johnson doesn't have much time on his hands for reading at the moment. But as the pressure on him to enlarge the state for the sake of recovery intensifies, I can only hope someone is providing him with the odd precis of this kind of book."—Financial Times
"Philip Coggan tells his epic story of humankind's economic development with both wisdom and wit. Brilliantly weaving together a sweeping historical narrative with a focus on the drivers of development, Coggan has written a book that should be essential reading for anyone seeking to understand how our modern day economy came into being."
—Stephen D. King, senior economic adviser at HSBC and author of Grave New World
"More is an extraordinary achievement. How can it be possible to turn 10,000 years of human endeavor into a tale which is at once exciting, coherent, and surprisingly optimistic? Coggan has a very rare gift. He distills a vast expanse of human history--the history of trade and economic advance--into a beautifully light and elegantly written tale, full of surprises, and free of ideology. I cannot recommend this book highly enough."
—Eric Lonergan, author of Money: The Art of Living
"An engaging and highly accessible narrative about the long historical development of global trade, commerce, and innovation. Philip Coggan writes clearly about how and why it all happened, and gives us cause for optimism in difficult times."
—George Magnus, author of Red Flags: Why Xi's China Is in Jeopardy
"More takes a vast 10,000-year sweep of economic history and melds it into a compelling story of countries and conflicts, civilizations and civic institutions, stagnations and transformations. All in little more than 300 pages of lucid prose. It is a majestic must-read."
—Andy Haldane, chief economist, Bank of England
is economics entertainingly and expertly demystified ... Coggan, a columnist
at The Economist, is one of the best financial journalists of his
generation ... This is a grown-up book that is not suitable for adolescent
Twitter warriors of the left or right—James Kirkup, Times
and timely ... Coggan's account of the rise of the world economy is accessible
and mercifully free of jargon—Sunday Times
and wide-ranging ... vivid, lively and rich in insight—Felix Martin, FT
is a real pleasure, then, to read a history that naturally includes the crises
but sets them in the context of the immense economic advances over the past ten
millennia ... Philip Coggan, The Economist's Bartleby columnist,
tells the story with both narrative verve and acute observation ... By the end
of the book, More has given the reader a vivid sense of the
extraordinary achievements of the interwoven modern world economy, with
numerous lively anecdotes. It is quite an accomplishment to find the right
length to tell a 10,000-year story while including so much relevant detail.—Diane Coyle, Economist
with amazing facts ... Occasional brushstrokes of humour add light touches ...
given the immensity of the subject, it is a masterpiece of selection and
compression.—Martin Vander Weyer, Literary Review