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The Resource Playfair : the true story of the British secret agent who changed how we see the world, Bruce Berkowitz

Playfair : the true story of the British secret agent who changed how we see the world, Bruce Berkowitz

Label
Playfair : the true story of the British secret agent who changed how we see the world
Title
Playfair
Title remainder
the true story of the British secret agent who changed how we see the world
Statement of responsibility
Bruce Berkowitz
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"William Playfair is best known as an ingenious Scot of questionable repute who happened to invent "statistical graphics"{u2014}the line, bar, and pie charts we use today. Some are also aware he developed theories explaining international trade and investment, made contributions to concepts like price indexes and measures of national power, and pioneered strategic analysis. Yet even those familiar with his work will be surprised to learn that Playfair was, in fact, a secret agent, carrying out espionage and subversion against France on behalf of Great Britain. Many of his contributions to economics and statistics were a direct result of his most audacious operation, the first full-scale campaign to collapse a nation{u2019}s currency, as the French First Republic turned radical. Playfair had a remarkable knack for appearing at{u2014}or propelling{u2014}the major events of his era. He{u2019}s at James Watt{u2019}s side for the birth of the Industrial Revolution. He is on the scene during the storming of the Bastille. He even helps trigger the first major political scandal in the newly formed United States, a land speculation gone bad involving Washington, Hamilton, and Jefferson. This is the first book to uncover the full, true account of this remarkable, colorful man{u2014}undeniably brilliant, hopelessly flawed, and fundamentally important. Part biography, part history, and part detective story, its pages reveal the astounding inventions and adventures of this larger-than-life swashbuckler, rogue, genius, and patriot."--Dust jacket
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1956-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Berkowitz, Bruce D.
Dewey number
  • 330.092
  • B
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
HB103.P55
LC item number
B47 2018
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Playfair, William
  • Economists
  • Spies
  • Espionage
  • Finance
  • Playfair, William
  • Economists
  • Espionage
  • Finance
  • Spies
  • Great Britain
Label
Playfair : the true story of the British secret agent who changed how we see the world, Bruce Berkowitz
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 375-465) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • 4
  • Feudal France on the banks of the Ohio
  • 5
  • The first great scandal of American politics
  • 6
  • Turning point
  • 7
  • The British agent
  • 8
  • Back to business
  • Introduction:
  • 9
  • Inventing political economy
  • 10
  • Return to France, back to Britain
  • 11
  • An unconventional business model
  • 12
  • Endings
  • The castle in Northumberland
  • 1
  • Inventing William Playfair
  • 2
  • A Dundee Scot in King Louis' Court
  • 3
  • Accidental revolutionaries
Control code
988168357
Dimensions
23 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xxiv, 477 pages
Isbn
9781942695042
Lccn
2017057341
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)988168357
Label
Playfair : the true story of the British secret agent who changed how we see the world, Bruce Berkowitz
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 375-465) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • 4
  • Feudal France on the banks of the Ohio
  • 5
  • The first great scandal of American politics
  • 6
  • Turning point
  • 7
  • The British agent
  • 8
  • Back to business
  • Introduction:
  • 9
  • Inventing political economy
  • 10
  • Return to France, back to Britain
  • 11
  • An unconventional business model
  • 12
  • Endings
  • The castle in Northumberland
  • 1
  • Inventing William Playfair
  • 2
  • A Dundee Scot in King Louis' Court
  • 3
  • Accidental revolutionaries
Control code
988168357
Dimensions
23 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xxiv, 477 pages
Isbn
9781942695042
Lccn
2017057341
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)988168357

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