The Money Lenders


The Money Lenders

The Money Lenders 1981 is a book by British journalist Anthony Sampson that looks at the history of banking from the Renaissance to a meeting of the International Monetary Fund in Washington DC in 1980, with an emphasis on the interaction of finance with international diplomacy.

The book was largely inspired by the work of the Brandt Commission on "North-South relations." Mr. Sampson served as editorial advisor to the chairman, Willy Brandt, on that commission.

"The Money Lenders" begins with a vivid description of the scene in the lobby of the Sheraton Washington Hotel during that 1980 IMF meeting, which Sampson labels "the most superior of all salesmen's conventions."


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