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I have been a European Studies major when I was in college so I was exposed to a lot of blah blah about politics, economics, law and other intellectual and tedious stuff. Our lives as students revolves around reading excessively technical and serious scholarly articles or books which we are forced to consume because we simply have no choice. If we do not read them, we will surely fail. But reading this kind of writings can be brain-numbing, especially with the amount of information that one needs to know beforehand and the new information that must be digested and internalized. This is masochism, literally.

I do not really enjoy reading stuff like this. I love reading non-fiction but topics regarding economics in general make me rather read ancient religious texts in the original extinct languages. I would derive more fun from that. But then, I gave The Silver Bomb a try because its topic is something I have never read. Although the book is blatantly related to economics, the premise is very intriguing for me. I know that I would definitely have fun with it.

And I did. The book is really interesting. It is not purely an economic treatise about money. In fact it is much more than that. We are taken into the history of money and how it affected humans and civilizations. Money has a profound effect on our existence and our collective human history. It also describes the vital significance of the roles of gold and silver in the looming possibility of the return of metal as money. I think this book is written in a way that is stimulating enough to hold a general reader’s interest but it is also informative and well-grounded on facts and history to make an economist, a scholar or a student take notice and appreciation on this book. There are a lot of fascinating quotes and thought-provoking passages throughout the book that will surely entertain the reader.

But I can still say that this book is not for everyone. A reader of this book should have at least enough knowledge on economics, politics and history in order to understand what the authors are trying to say. But it is definitely a useful tome for people who study or teach in universities and colleges. It is definitely a good source of information. I think it condensed a lot of historical facts and concepts well. It can definitely help people comprehend more the nature and importance of money in our lives, and also the significance of metal.

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