A Conspiracy of Paper

By David Liss,

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Benjamin Weaver, a Jew and an ex-boxer, is an outsider in eighteenth-century London, tracking down debtors and felons for aristocratic clients. The son of a wealthy stock trader, he lives estranged from his family—until he is asked to investigate his father’s sudden death. Thus Weaver descends into the deceptive world…

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1 author picked A Conspiracy of Paper as one of their favorite books. Why do they recommend it?

I love the way this book introduces the reader to the history of the British stock market, one of the oldest markets in the world, and the way that it worked back then (and still works, to some degree, today).

I was astonished by David Liss’ attention to detail when it came to describing how the South Sea Bubble, the first great stock market crash, came about. The action is lively, and the characters felt very real to me, even though the story is set in 1720.

I didn’t put the book down, and it served as a great example…

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