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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