The Man Who Saw the Future: William Paterson's Vision of Free Trade

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This is the incredible story of one man’s vision of world commerce. William Paterson was a businessman and economic thinker far ahead of his time, whose place in history is assured. He founded the Bank of England, he helped broker the Treaty of Union between Scotland and England and, above all else, he envisaged 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. In an attempt to realise his dream he set off on a daring voyage across half the globe to establish a trading emporium for the world at Darien, Panama. In the tradition of Longitude, The Man Who Saw the Future is the exciting story of buccaneers, political intrigue, economic vision, failed dreams, warring countries and dogged determination in the face of adversity.

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Andy Forrester is a trained historian, TV journalist and producer and business author. He was born and educated in Scotland and after leaving university became involved in setting the history questions for the Scottish Exam Board. At the age of 25 he stood as Labour candidate against the new Prime Minister, Sir Alec Douglas Home. He didn┐t win. Andy then moved into television, initially as a journalist and then as an historical documentary producer, first with London Weekend Television and then as a freelancer.

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"Financial innovation and the art of the deal provide the foreground, political intrigue and economic convulsion the background, of this marvelous story. In Forrester’s deft hand, Paterson, the man who saw the future, emerges as a man for all seasons. A great read."

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