Disclaimer: In the interest of full disclosure, I was given a copy of this book for free from Book Sneeze in exchange for this review.
If someone would have told me a month ago that I would read a book about economics gladly and enjoy it, I would have thought they were crazy. And yet I really found myself enjoying Popes and Bankers: A Cultural History of Credit and Debt from Aristotle to AIG by Jack Cashill.
Beginning in ancient times and working up to the modern economic misadventures, Cashill traces the history of debt and usury. He traces the history of the banking industry to its beginnings and follows it through to today’s economic crisis.
Cashill does an excellent job of explaining financial terms and concepts in terms the non-financially savvy (like myself!) can understand. I found his writing style to be very enjoyable and humorous at times. The anecdotes were fascinating, and the book held my interest in a way I never would have expected in a book about economic history.