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Olivia Waite is a romance author, practicing feminist, and wide-ranging dilettante.

Debt: The First 5,000 Years - David Graeber Iconoclastic and brilliant -- this is the kind of book where you feel like the scales have fallen from your eyes, and you want to stand on street corners handing out copies and proselytizing. I'll admit frankly there's a lot about finance and debt that still completely puzzles me, but Graeber's thesis works around and with precisely this kind of befuddlement, tracing its causes and uses for those in power and in the military over the course of human history. Highly, highly recommended.