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The Philanderer, Gambler, and Duelist Who Invented Modern Finance

By Janet Gleeson
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Millionaire: The Philanderer, Gambler, and Duelist Who Invented Modern Finance  by Janet Gleeson

Millionaire (1999) tells the story of the late seventeenth-century gambler and economist John Law. While he spent his early life as a dandy in England, he went on to become a fabled financial authority and economist in continental Europe. Although Law’s ideas about economics and money briefly brought both him and the nation of France incredible wealth, it also showed the inherent danger of speculation and boom and bust economics. Despite failing in his day, several of his ideas gained currency over time and remain intrinsic parts of the modern economic system.

  • Students of economics
  • People curious about the complex history of money
  • History buffs fascinated by renowned historical figures and their influential ideas

Janet Gleeson is the author of The Arcanum, The Grenadillo Box, and The Serpent in the Garden. She has worked for the Impressionist Paintings Department at Sotheby’s and has written for many magazines, especially on antiques and art.

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