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God and Gold

Britain, America, and the Making of the Modern World

By Walter R. Mead

God and Gold
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  • Hardcover: Oct 2007,
    464 pages.
    Paperback: Oct 2008,
    464 pages.

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God and Gold weaves history, literature, philosophy, and religion together into a book that helps us understand the world we live in

Walter Russell Mead starts his serious book with a joke, and it's a funny one, not to mention smart, which bodes well for the book itself, as it shows Mead taking us into his confidence: a writer telling witty tales that assume intelligence in his readers.

God and Gold
is engaging in the extreme, which you can't say of most books spanning more than 350 years of history with an emphasis on religion, politics and money. This is a weighty book with both historical and contemporary import, starting with Oliver Cromwell and ending with George W. Bush.

In Part I Mead makes his case for the dominance of England and America since both became nations, indeed empires, in their own unique and intimately connected ways. He engages the reader with a...

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