Review of Exorbitant Privilege: The Rise and Fall of the Dollar

Barry Eichengreen, Exorbitant Privilege: The Rise and Fall of the Dollar, Oxford University Press, December 2010, 224 pages

Ever since Dava Sobel's surprise best-seller Longitude, in which the author took a technical subject, explained it for a generalist audience in a succinct and highly accessible style, and found she had a publishing sensation on her hands, the academic world has been in search of other hitherto obscure topics that can be popularised and marketed to a wider readership. To do

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