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Energy Currency References

History of Money by Glyn Davies

“A History of Money From Ancient Times to the Present Day”
Davies reference work on the origins and development of money from the mists of civilization to the late 20th century. This book covers the subject in tremendous detail and depth examining the physical forms of currency, the economic effects of well executed currency and the results of mismanaged currency.
The website created by the son, Roy Davies extends the accomplishment of the fathers original work by offering certainly the most extensive coverage of the subject of currency on the web.


Bad Money by Kevin Phillips

“Reckless Finance, Failed Politics, and the Global Crisis of American Capitalism”
Phillips stays strictly in the monetary realm but demonstrates the large structural problems of an economy coming unhinged through poor political and financial judgement.
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The Ascent of Money by Niall Ferguson

“A Financial History of the World”
Ferguson deals with the financial mechanisms that have developed based on currency but currency is an assumption, not a topic of analysis. An excellent extension to “History of Money”.


The Upside of Down by Thomas Homer-Dixon

“Catastrophe, Creativity and the Renewal of Civilization”
Analyzes the fall of the Roman Empire in terms of energy use. An extremely revealing look at a society through the lens of the real inputs and outputs of thermodynamics.
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Contagion by John R. Talbott

“The Financial Epidemic That Is Sweeping The Global Economy and How To Protect Yourself From It”
Talbott gives mainstream economic and financial advice and stays in the monetary realm. He highlights many structural distortions and challenges the economics and social value of a consumption based economy.