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Before there was money, there was debt

Every economics textbook says the same thing: Money was invented to replace onerous and complicated barter systems—to relieve ancient people from having to haul their goods to market. The problem with this version of history? There’s not a shred of evidence to support it.

Here anthropologist David Graeber presents a stunning reversal of conventional wisdom. He shows that for more than 5,000 years, since the beginnings of the first agrarian empires, humans have used elaborate credit systems to buy and sell goods—that is, long before the invention of coins or cash. It is in this era, Graeber argues, that we also first encounter a society divided into debtors and creditors.

Graeber shows that arguments about debt and debt forgiveness have been at the center of political debates from Italy to China, as well as sparking innumerable insurrections. He also brilliantly demonstrates that the language of the ancient works of law and religion (words like “guilt,” “sin,” and “redemption”) derive in large part from ancient debates about debt, and shape even our most basic ideas of right and wrong. We are still fighting these battles today without knowing it.

Debt: The First 5,000 Years is a fascinating chronicle of this little known history—as well as how it has defined human history, and what it means for the credit crisis of the present day and the future of our economy.

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Senator Richards is a dirty senator; he’s borrowed money from the Italian mob and is unable to pay them back. Calix has wanted the Senator’s daughter, Anya, since he first saw her when she was 18. He tried ignoring his attraction to her and the unusual pull she had, with her being so young. But here he was four years later and still wanting her.

Anya hates all self-important men. Any man who has anything in common with her father is not a man she wants to know or be near. So when Calix walks up to her at one of her father’s banquets inviting her to dinner, she rudely blows him off.

Calix, having waited years for Anya, is pissed when Anya rejects him and snubs him. So with her father owing his uncle a lot of money, a bargain was struck where everyone except Anya can get what they want. But when bargains are made and people are betrayed, the ends may justify the means. But can Calix and Anya survive the end?

Warning: This book is a dark romance meant for mature listeners due to sexual content.

Money- it’s a word no one can feel neutral about. Authors and money-management experts Lyle and Tracy Shamo say, “Like it or not, meeting basic needs has nothing to do with poverty and everything to do with how well we manage our money.” In this practical guidebook, the authors will help you take control of your money, teaching you how to pay off your debt-including your mortgage and car loans- and stay out of debt. Advanced computer software (included on a CD-ROM that comes with the book) will help you assess your financial status, learn more about where your money is going and discover how to channel it to the right places.

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Unlike many personal finance books, How to Manage Your Money When You Don’t Have Any was specifically written for Americans who struggle to make it on a monthly basis. It provides both a respectful, no-nonsense look at the difficult realities of life after the Great Recession and a hope-filled, easy to follow path toward better financial stability for even the most financially strapped households. Created by a financial expert who hasn’t struck it rich, How to Manage Your Money When You Don’t Have Any offers a first hand story of financial survival in the face of rough times. Rather than emphasizing wealth creation, How to Manage Your Money When You Don’t Have Any teaches readers to do the best they can with their income no matter its size. Content rich, personal, and jargon free, the book is opinionated and at times humorous. Full of current everyday references, it is meant to be a quick read which will appeal to the average reader just struggling to make ends meet.

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Communication strategies, financial crisis management, negotiation techniques, and litigation and bankruptcy tactics told through the stories of a loan workout and financial restructuring consultant. How do you protect yourself, or your clients, or your family and friends from aggressive creditors, lawsuits, and bureaucracy? When do you need protection from the advice of your own advisors and friends? Debt & Circuses is a true story of seven years of loan workouts, lawsuits, and bankruptcies during the Great Recession (2009-2015) and beyond. Debt & Circuses explains real-world negotiation strategy and courtroom tactics through the true stories of finance and accounting advisors, lawyers, and courageous entrepreneurs who followed the counter-intuitive, asymmetrical, and risky advice of a few creative consultants. Debt & Circuses demonstrates, through first-hand experiences, effective methods of: Preparing the mind (and your assets) for conflict. Coping with emotional pressure tactics. Responding to unreasonable demands constructively. Understanding why victory or defeat in court can be irrelevant. Preventing the two things that produce an unfavorable outcome. Negotiating with inferior bargaining power. Going on offense against an opponent with unlimited resources. Capitalizing on bureaucratic failures. Avoiding the big mistake made by all companies in financial distress. Clay Westbrook is an attorney and consultant who spent six years involved with over 100 loan workout cases, dozens of lawsuits and business bankruptcies, and $100s of millions of bad debts. He advises clients on business breakups, litigation and bankruptcy strategy, and negotiating with taxing authorities and governmental entities. He saw many spectacular wins in unlikely circumstances, learned valuable lessons from a few disappointing losses, and drew inspiration to tell the story from one woman’s experiences with debt collectors that destroyed her family and her future. “‘The mortgage company told us that we weren’t allowed to file for bankruptcy. They said it wasn’t an option,’ Maria explained. She didn’t realize what this meant. The mortgage company didn’t just lie to them; they violated state and federal laws in doing so. We might have had a case, or at least an issue to run with, which is usually enough. But it was too late.” The consultants quickly learn that to save their clients, they have to forget about “doing the right thing,”forget about the legal merits of the case, and forget about logic. The solutions come from psychology and math, human nature, and realizing neither side understands (nor cares) what the other side is saying. “After witnessing it firsthand many times, accomplishing the impossible takes specific knowledge, character, and action. As simple as it sounds, you rarely see all three when the cards are down. If they don’t have all three, they lose.” Achieving success against long odds is more than “when to stop paying,” or “if the bank files a lawsuit,cut your settlement offer,” or remembering to stash the Ferrari at a covered garage in Reno if the bank gets a judgment. Debt & Circuses shows: How to know and have the confidence to trust your instincts under pressure. How human nature affects the strategies and results conflicts are never “just business” and are always personal. Ways to identify and avoid traps lawyers, advisors, and others miss. The one principle that explains the entire process. Through the experiences of business owners and advisors, and the entertaining, if not ridiculous,stranger-than- fiction situations in which these people found themselves, Debt & Circuses provides essential knowledge and skills for surviving financial distress, and serving clients whose future depends upon your advice. “You are not alone. Don’t be frightened, and don’t feel hopeless. We will never, ever give up.”

In this proven debt elimination home study program, you will discover how to pay off your debt WITHOUT increasing your income, how to use a simple debt elimination strategy to keep track of your personal War on Debt, step-by-step instructions to bring your accounts to zero, the difference between wise and foolish spending, how to uncover excess spending and use that money to quickly pay down your high interest accounts, and the reasons why it is so important to get out of debt now before the current economic conditions devastate you.

War on Debt is a proven debt elimination formula that has already helped tens of thousands of people pay off tens of millions of dollars in debt in just a few short years. Dani Johnson’s War on Debt Home Study Program will give you all the tools you need to experience the total freedom of being completely debt free!

Sally was drowning in debt, the type of debt with no way out. Her naivety and kind nature had led to her being taken advantage of at every turn.

The lawyer for the card company added to her debt before pursuing her. He had his own secrets and issues, but he made her heart race and her body respond. Should she choose him, or his bitter rival, a complex and fascinating man who’d take great delight in breaking up her burgeoning romance, convincing Sally he was the better man?

She had to learn the hard way that rich men are ruthless; play in their world at your own risk. Sometimes, when your back’s against the wall, being a good girl is a luxury.

Which one is a knight in shining armor and which one is the devil incarnate?

Lillian Fitzgerald has made a terrible mistake. She’s gone a hundred thousand dollars into student loan debt for a Master’s Degree in Creative Writing, only to discover that she might not actually be a good writer.

In an attempt to buy herself enough time to salvage her ambitious but depressing thesis novel, she accepts a part-time job doing SAT tutoring for Calvin Bolt, whose father Henry owns Bolt Bank, the very company that services her student loans. But Lillian soon discovers that dangerous secrets underlie the wealth and power of the Bolt family, secrets that could launch Lillian onto the bestseller list…if she manages to survive long enough to write about them.

In DEBT, Rachel Carey’s sharp, fast-paced satire of New York during the 2008 financial meltdown, it turns out that everyone, even all-powerful billionaire Henry Bolt, is in somebody’s debt.

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It began with a ghost in his bedroom. A tormented soul hungry for vengeance. The sort of nocturnal visitation that even a five-hundred-year-old vampire like Henry Fitzroy found tiresome. It would lead Vicki Nelson, PI into her most deadly investigation yet. The wraith is determined that Henry and Vicki track down its killer – and is prepared to use a little persuasion by way of the innocent inhabitants of Toronto to ensure their support. Forced to investigate, Vicki discovers a host of souls in desperate torment and evidence to suggest that trailing the killer will only lead to further deaths – starting with her own.