Get Your Free Audiobook

  • What Has Government Done to Our Money?

  • and The Case for a 100 Percent Gold Dollar
  • By: Murray N. Rothbard
  • Narrated by: Jeff Riggenbach
  • Length: 5 hrs and 12 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (5 ratings)

Non-member price: $20.31

After 30 days, Audible is $16.45/mo. Cancel anytime.

Publisher's Summary

The Mises Institute is pleased to present this audio edition of Rothbard's most famous monetary essay - the one that has influenced two generations of economists, investors, and business professionals. The Mises Institute has united this book with its natural complement: a detailed reform proposal for a 100 percent gold dollar. "The Case for a 100 Percent Gold Dollar" was written a decade before the last vestiges of the gold standard were abolished. Rothbard's unique plan for making the dollar sound again still holds up. Some people have said that Rothbard tells us what is wrong with money but not what to do about it. Well, with the addition of this essay, the problem and the answer are united in a comprehensive whole.

After presenting the basics of money and banking theory, Rothbard traces the decline of the dollar from the 18th century to the present and provides lucid critiques of central banking, New Deal monetary policy, Nixonian fiat money, and fixed exchange rates. He also provides a blueprint for a return to a 100 percent reserve gold standard. The book made huge theoretical advances. Rothbard was the first to prove that the government, and only the government, can destroy money on a mass scale, and he showed exactly how they go about this dirty deed. But just as importantly, it is beautifully written. He tells a thrilling story because he loves the subject so much.The passion that Murray Rothbard feels for the topic comes through in the prose and transfers to the reader. Readers become excited about the subject and tell others. Students tell professors. Some, like the great Ron Paul of Texas, have even run for political office after having read it.

©2005 Ludwig von Mises Institute (P)2005 Ludwig von Mises Institute

What listeners say about What Has Government Done to Our Money?

Average Customer Ratings
Overall
  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    4
  • 4 Stars
    1
  • 3 Stars
    0
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0
Performance
  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    3
  • 4 Stars
    1
  • 3 Stars
    0
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0
Story
  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    3
  • 4 Stars
    1
  • 3 Stars
    0
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

No Reviews are Available
Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Reuben
  • Reuben
  • 09-03-2013

Worth it's weight in gold

Perhaps I come from a uneducated background but I suspect I'm typical of many middle class kids growing up who never give a thought to economics. A book or two on liberty and changed that and now I can't get enough of economics. Rothbard continues my learning curve with this book filled with a wealth of knowledge.

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for James
  • James
  • 08-01-2020

Excellent!

Do you think you have the solution to all our political and societal woes? Shut up. You haven't a clue. Read this book. Get woke. Save yourself from ignorance.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Alex
  • Alex
  • 12-11-2012

Rothbard makes his case convincingly

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

If you want to know the history of money and what government has done to ruin it, this is the book for you. Makes an excellent case for the abolition of fiat currency and a return to gold as money.

What did you like best about this story?

Well written, easy to understand even for an economic novice like myself.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for C Wood
  • C Wood
  • 09-05-2020

learned a lot

i need to go back and review parts that did not click in my brain yet. otherwise very informative. i'd like to see an addendum to cover the more recent bank shenanigans with quantitaive easing infinity. now im finished and very pleased with what I learned.

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Anonymous User
  • Anonymous User
  • 26-02-2020

good understanding of economic policy

economist should take up best book to add current conditions but I believe the solutions are the same

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Simone
  • Simone
  • 15-10-2019

What a great book

It should be a mandatory read for everyone. An enlightening overview of what money is and how governments manipulate currencies to their benefits.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Odwalla
  • Odwalla
  • 20-02-2018

Amazing

Simply amazing. This book is a wonderful pairing to The Scandal of Money by George Guilder. I’m not sure which is better to read first but they compliment each other amazingly well.

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Fawn
  • Fawn
  • 10-01-2018

Narration narration narration

The narration was boring good book acted like he hated the goverment but a good book

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Thomas Myers
  • Thomas Myers
  • 22-08-2017

Very educational

I always enjoy getting many perspectives on a given subject matter and this met that need and more. It is one thing to get a lot of information but another to inspire you enough to really meditate on it and really way the possibilities.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Troy Lynette
  • Troy Lynette
  • 02-09-2016

Great Content VERY boring audio.

The content was very interesting, but the reading was the most boring I have ever heard. I'm actually surprised I made it through. I should have purchased the physical book.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Anonymous User
  • Anonymous User
  • 16-01-2021

Great historic breakdown!

the years around 1968-1972 were very interesting. the amount of effort that was put in to create separate gold prices is astonishing.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Terence
  • Terence
  • 04-05-2020

Rigorous argument for a 100% gold standard

Describes in detail how banks and money work today and the journey that it took to get here. A clear picture that government involvement in money and fractional reserving by banks is an unfair and inequitable process to those outside of the clique. A great fraud in plain sight.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for JayTe
  • JayTe
  • 11-07-2016

Excellent case for the uninformed

Excellent case for the uninformed to learn why printing of money is just theft and why everyone should be against it.

In the spirit of reconciliation, Audible Australia acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of country throughout Australia and their connections to land, sea and community. We pay our respect to their elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today.