I just received a copy of A Splendid Exchange: How Trade Shaped the World by William J. Bernstein. He’s got a website, and he’s apparently a fan of Windypundit because he comped me a copy of the book. (I guess this blogging thing is finally starting to pay off.)
A Splendid Exchange looks like it’s going to be a history of long-distance trading, from a time when only luxuries and valuable tools were traded, to our present day, when bums sleeping on park benches are kept warm by clothing made on other continents.
I read a little of the book tonight, and it looks like it’s going to be fascinating read, but not a quick one. It’s so packed with details and stories that blasting through it would be overwhelming. I’ll probably keep it in my backpack and read a few pages whenever I have a chance.