Summary of Frozen Desire

The Meaning of Money

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Frozen Desire book summary
Our hunger for money has no limit, but it does have reasons. Just ask Robinson Crusoe.


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James Buchan has written an enthralling book about the history and impact of money. He treats money as an evolving concept from early Greek writings to symbolic references in art. He considers the ability of money to speak for human desire, including its role in the primary needs to wage war and to make love. The book’s style shifts from detailed historical review to literary criticism, so it is not always an easy read, but it is always fascinating. getAbstract recommends this book to executives who want to learn more about money’s intrinsic power. Read it to learn how money shapes your world in ways you may not have considered.

In this summary, you will learn

  • The history of money
  • How the human pursuit of money is limitless
  • Why people regard money as a tool to measure self worth


Money and Desire
Money is all around us. Everywhere we turn we can purchase something with money. But what is it? Is it a tangible thing or a mere vehicle for other activity? Early Greek writings all mention the existence of money. In the Illiad, Homer mentions the exchange value of things...
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About the Author

James Buchan’s other books include The Golden Plough (1995), which won The Guardian Fiction Prize, and High Latitudes (1996). James Buchan is a former correspondent for The Financial Times. He lives in London.

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