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"an impressive, well-researched clear articulation of key economic and social issues confronting all of us.
Pereira, a former banker, develops a strong case that we all need to alter our thinking and move away from near-singular focus on profit and gain without regard for consequences impacting society as a whole.
... Money, Love and Virtue can serve as a valuable beacon, shedding light on the direction we need to take as we navigate the rising tide of dissatisfaction that is washing over the country."
David Cripps, Strategic Asset Advisor, formerly Asset Consultant with HSBC
"For anyone concerned with how our financial systems can be reformed to enhance the wellbeing of the global human community Money, Love and Virtue, is a wonderful resource.
... The range of material she has assembled from writers since the earliest time of Western civilisation creates a book that can be dipped into again and again, and shows that we can hold a practical vision for putting money in the service of our highest aspirations."
Bill Sharpe, formerly research director, Hewlett Packard Laboratories
“I had the privilege of participating on a book panel with Maria Pereira at the University of Rochester’s Simon Business School. The panelists included me (a political science/business administration professor), a finance professor, and a psychology professor. The panel’s make-up was a testament to the wide-ranging scope of Maria’s book and her commitment to deep thinking from a multidisciplinary perspective. It is easy for scholars to get ‘siloed’ and focus on our narrow research. Pereira’s book should serve as a reminder to all of us that no matter how specialized fields like economics and finance might become, it is important to understand their place in our larger society.”
David Primo, Associate Professor of Political Science and Business Administration, University of Rochester
"Maria Pereira, a former banker and investment professional, has just released a remarkable new book... the result of a personal inquiry dating back to before the crash into how the undoubted power of our financial systems can be harnessed to feed life rather than corrupt it.
Her book explores how money has bred ‘finance’ which in turn has taken its place in a narrow view of economy and economics. She then returns to the philosophical heart of the matter in considering how we might restore virtue, the common good and love as the ‘infinite resource’ at the centre of our economics and our financial systems – a new humanism. The book is a treasure trove of deep reflection from someone who has lived at the centre of the system she seeks to renew. It is already stirring a new conversation in her diverse communities of influence."
Graham Leicester, International Futures Forum
" There have been numerous post-mortems on the Great Financial Crisis. This book goes deeper, beyond blame and policy prescriptions, and asks us to consider first causes. It challenges us to rethink our ideas of finance, society and the global commons. The author has spent her career in finance, and brings to bear wide reading in economics, finance and classical thought to help us deepen our own perspective. One example of this deeper insight: she points out that Adam Smith, whose Wealth of Nations provided the foundation for free market economics, also wrote The Theory of Moral Sentiments. As Pereira puts it: 'The philosophical framework within which Smith lived and worked was that of moral sentiments, involving sympathy and incorporating propriety, justice, merit and duty.'
Money, Love and Virtue is written in a lively and accessible style which avoids all financial jargon and political rhetoric. From the world of high tech and high frequency trading it brings us back to basics of what it means to be human. Give yourself the day off, find a peaceful spot, and read this book!"
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