Here is the latest video to promote Gifts from the Gods. It’s now available on YouTube; do watch it, and if you like it, like and comment, and if you don’t, let me know why. All reviews and comments welcome.
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The current coronavirus panic is a good moment to remember that the human population has surpassed 7 Billion, and it keeps on rising. Whatever the personal tragedies, the lockdown will probably increase the population further and faster. While we cannot colonise the Moon or another planet, our twin hopes lie in global warming and improvements in trade.
Transport, trade and taxation are the themes of the book I am currently promoting, The River of Gold. We can be sure of one thing, taxes will keep rising.
Available on Amazon worldwide, The River of Gold hit the top 20 historical-geography books on Amazon.com this week (No 17). Do visit and share your reviews if you have any comment to make.
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With everyone at home and restricted to online shopping for non-essentials, my books are selling better than ever. Tax Man is in the top 30 books on evolution, although perhaps Gifts from the Gods might also be appropriate in the circumstances. Kindle sales arer best, but Amazon’s ability to deliver paperbacks should not be forgotten. My kettle broke and I had to buy a new one. No shop is open for such essentials, but Amazon delivered within 24 hours. It’s not surprising that they survive when many commercial dinosaurs are extinct, but then, if you read Tax Man, nothing will ever be a surprise again.
Brexit means Brexit, and it also means a fully up-to-date new edition of Myth of England, full of Boris’ buccaneering Britons and Anglian alliterative allusions. Read in detail how the wicked Normans, French and the brussely Belgians colonised the brave Anglo-Saxons, only to find that they preferred living in England and stayed here. Learn how later Englishmen remembered fondly their ancestors’ stories of women, food and warm weather, and decided to visit once again. Seethe, as the evil Europeans banned our armies from entering without a Visa, and rejoice, when we knocked down their border barriers and hit the bars, the beaches and the bistros. It’s all in here, the finest book to hit the bookshops this morning, in black and white, the way books used to be before MTV.
but also available on all amazon websites, and all good bookshops.
If you were expecting the Tax Man on April 5th, then this is a different one. The Tax Man is the book you have been waiting for, if only to finally shut me up going on about taxation all the time. It’s a big book. It covers our development from our first evolution to the complex societies we take for granted. Available on Amazon, many other online and all fine book stores.
With the imminent publication of The Tax Man, here is the trailer. Enjoy.
Many thanks to all who helped me prepare for my poster presentation at the Social History Society Annual Conference, as well as to all who saw, read and commented on it. I received useful insights on the message, its communication (in French and Spanish as well as in English) and academic presentations. As a result, I will spend more time tightening the communication part, before starting to write more works (The Great British Bible that I have already promised).
To celebrate World Book Day, I published yesterday Gifts from the Gods (here on amazon.co.uk and here on amazon.com). Following The River of Gold, in which I describe the importance of rivers for trade and taxation, Gifts follows the items of trade, from their initial exploitation by Homo sapiens to our conquest of the planet. Starting with obsidian, the first gift traded widely, the book follows Tax Man’s social and physical development, his industrialisation of salt production, the evolution of money. Tax-collectors, tax-payers, avoiders and evaders affected the political geography at each stage of his development. While the gifts remained atomic, they were relatively easy to transport and tax. The book finishes with those electronic gifts which make up the vast majority of value traded today, and tax-collectors’ attempts to profit from them.
First customers have already bought Gifts from the Gods, which is now available from your local amazon web-site, and all good book stores. Please do let me know what you think, and help to spread the word with your reviews on Amazon or Goodreads.
My latest book almost made it to the top 100 history books. Many thanks to all my readers for your support. Please do remember to give me some feedback, and to review on Amazon.
This month sees the publication of The River of Gold. Following the theme that taxation is the major driver of human society, this work looks at how the taxation of trade along and across rivers has affected our civilisation.
Riverside cities became the capitals of tax territories, then of tax empires. Obvious examples are the Mesopotamian empires, Egypt on the Nile, the Indus valley civilisation and the Chinese empire. Not so obvious is why greater rivers like the Amazon, the Congo and even the Mississippi-Missouri failed to develop world-conquering empires. Smaller navigable rivers and sea-lanes were essential elements in the development of the Greek and Roman, the Danish and British, and the French empires.
Until now, the importance of rivers as the primary source of tax revenues lay hidden beneath a tax taboo. This book uncovers startling truths behind the Trojan War and the Ring of the Nibelung, the Lorelei and Britain’s tax heritage. Most surprisingly, it reveals the true purpose of bridges.
Deserts and mountains provide good traps for taxation, and these tax locations also became the centres of tax territories. Today, the greatest value of goods is transmitted as electrons or photons, and the future empires will belong to the tax-collector who learns to attack that river of gold connectors.
The River of Gold is part of the author’s work in establishing a theory of human evolution based on taxation. He proposes that the murderous mammalian instinct to murder or exclude a strange male was replaced by a simple taxation of homage, a 10% contribution and help in improvement. The full story is contained in The Tax Man, available soon.