Do you know any good novels featuring monetary policy? If so, please respond to notable bloggers Matthew Yglesias
, Ezra Klein
, Tyler Cowen
, and Paul Krugman
, who've been musing about the subject lately. Together they've mentioned more than a few works of fiction that wrestle with the (on first glance)
not-very-scintillating topic. Naturally, we've
compiled most of the titles they came up with. Feel free to add to the
- On the Brink (Krugman)
- "A 1978 novel about hyperinflation in America. The villain was a
thinly disguised George McGovern...I can’t tell you how much it pains me
to realize that I still remember all of that; what a waste of neurons!"
- The Last War (Cowen)
- "Is there a monetary theme in H.G. Wells's The Last War?; Wells was a
follower of Frederick Soddy. How about from 19th century England?
From science fiction? Isn't there mutual banking in Eric Frank
- The Grapes of Wrath (Klein)
- "If you're willing to include novels about the effects of monetary
policy, pretty much any novel about the Great Depression counts, and The
Grapes of Wrath is particularly eloquent on the subject."
- Making Money (Klein commenter)
- "From the ever so insightful Terry Pratchett. One of the best and
most entertaining novels about how our monetary system works (by magic
- Interface (Yglesias)
- "Basically about the effort of a shadowy cabal to stage a coup aimed
at preventing the US from defaulting on the national debt."
- Snow Crash (Yglesias)
"Gives the initial impression of a standard postapocalyptic “cyberpunk”
scenario, but it swiftly becomes clear that there’s been no war here."
- Great Simoleon Caper (Yglesias)
- "Short story offers an alternative path to currency anarchy in which
encryption and the digitization of money lead to a breakdown of the tax
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