Philip Coggan is the author of The Money Machine, a guide to the city that is still in print after 33 years, and Paper Promises, which was Spears' business book of the year in 2012. He writes the Bartleby column for the Economist and is the former writer of the Buttonwood column. Prior to joining the Economist he worked for the Financial Times for 20 years. He has spent a career trying to make sense of the modern economy, even as financiers and politicians try to wreck it.
How did humanity transform the world over the last 10,000 years? Philip Coggan provides a comprehensive and lucid account -- Martin Wolf * FT books of summer 2020 * Coggan is one of the best financial journalists of his generation ... This is a grown-up book that is not suitable for adolescent Twitter warriors of the left or right -- James Kirkup * Times * Big and timely ... Coggan's account of the rise of the world economy is accessible and mercifully free of jargon * Sunday Times *