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The Man Who Saw the Future
Andrew Forrester
Price: $ 24.95

The Man Who Saw the Future is the captivating story of one man's vision for world commerce. It is the tale of a businessman and economic thinker far ahead of his time. It is the story of William Paterson, who founded the Bank of England and harbored an even more ambitious scheme.

Against all contemporary thinking, he saw a world where nations could trade unencumbered by monopolies and restrictive practices, and companies could be funded with international investment. All more than 300 years ago. But as with all radical thoughts, the establishment rebelled against the ideas Paterson proposed. Powerful enemies lined up against him, including the vastly influential East India Company, numerous politicians and even the monarchy itself.

The story of Paterson and his grand plan for establishing a free-trade world emporium at Darien, Panama, encompasses high adventure, buccaneers and pirates, a daring voyage across half the globe, political intrigue, failed dreams, warring countries and dogged determination in the face of adversity. Set against this turbulent backdrop, The Man Who Saw the Future tells of international finance, trade and investment as seen through the prophetic eyes of one of the world's first great entrepreneurs.

Based on his extensive research, the author has uncovered significant new facts regarding Paterson himself and the driving forces behind the Darien scheme which go against previously accepted thinking.

Andy Forrester is a historian, TV journalist, and business author. He is also an award-winning television producer for the BBC and Channel 4. He lives in London, UK.

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