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The dollar is the lifeblood of globalisation: China holds billions in reserve for good reason. Greenbacks, singles, bucks or dead presidents, call them what you will, $1.2 trillion worth are floating around right now – and half the dollars in circulation are actually outside of the USA.
But what is really happening as these billions of dollars go around the world every day? By following $1 from a shopping trip in suburban Texas, via China’s Central Bank, Nigerian railroads, the oil fields of Iraq and beyond, The Almighty Dollar answers questions such as: why is China the world’s biggest manufacturer – and the US its biggest customer? Is free trade really a good thing? Why would a nation build a bridge on the other side of the globe?
In lively and entertaining prose Dharshini David lays bare these complex interrelationships through the simple story of one dollar as it moves through the opaque international system. This is essential reading that gets to the heart of how our new globalised world really works.
"A brilliant book ... everyone should buy it because it's very, very readable" - Iain Dale, LBC; "Original and engaging ... If you've ever wondered what globalisation is and why people get so passionate about it then I can think of no better guide. Economics can be fascinating and accessible. This book is proof" - Joel Hills, Business Editor, ITV News; `Brilliantly revealing' - Ian King, business presenter, Sky News, and Times columnist; `Readable and illuminating' - The Bookseller
Contents; Introduction 1; 1 Worshipping at the temple of low prices and endless offers: The USA to China 15; 2 Making - and working - the global red carpet: China 41; 3 Finding love in the Niger Delta: China to Nigeria 65; 4 Spicing up the recipe for success: Nigeria to India 89; 5 The dark price of black gold: India to Iraq 119; 6 Funding the means of destruction: Iraq to Russia 143; 7 The trials of a blended family: Russia to Germany 169; 8 A bad day at work for the Masters of the Universe: Germany to the UK 195; 9 Feeding the addiction: The UK to the USA 221; Further reading 251; Acknowledgements 255; Index 257
ISBN: 9781783963768 ISBN-10: 178396376X Audience:
Number Of Pages: 256 Published: 1st March 2018 Publisher: Elliott & Thompson Limited Country of Publication: GB Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.5
Weight (kg): 0.34
Edition Number: 2 Edition Type: New edition