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The Nixon Shock And The Closing Of The Gold Window

Richard Nixon, the 37th President of the USA. Nixon had the rather unsavoury task of announcing to the world that the US Dollar would no longer be backed by Gold. Taking effect the following day. Thus ended the Bretton-Woods Economic Era which had started in 1944. 27 years of existence. Obviously, the US DOLLAR did …

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So What Are Olympic Medals Really Made Of ?

The Olympics have once again wowed the world. So many exploits and surprises, so much joy and a fair share of disappointment.  We’ve also seen the introduction of some new sports in Tokyo: Skateboarding, Surf, Sport Climbing and Karaté. The Modern Olympic Games are very much different from their Ancient Counterpart. The very first Ancient …

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Teaser – A Brief History of the Future

A Brief History Of The Future, by Jacques ATTALI, published in 2006 (FAYARD) Now this is one of my all-time favourites. QUICK & EASY               300+ pages. Genre:                              History +  FUTUROLOGY Jacques Attali traces the budding roots of capitalism and zooms into the period from 1200 to modern-day. He then goes on to make …

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