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Daylight Robbery

How Tax Shaped Our Past and Will Change Our Future
Narrated by: Dominic Frisby
Length: 8 hrs and 48 mins
Categories: Non-fiction, Economics
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For most people, tax is something we pay, simply because we must. We seldom think much more about it; in fact, tax is something we'd rather forget. 

But the reality is that tax is the key to power. No government can survive without tax revenue - it is the fuel that every state, large and small, runs on. Many of the problems we face today, not least the enormous wealth gaps between rich and poor and between generations, can be traced back to our systems of tax. If you tax windows, many will sacrifice their daylight. If you tax cigarettes, some people will choose not to smoke; others will take up smuggling. Tax companies too much and many will relocate offshore.

In Daylight Robbery, Dominic Frisby offers an alternative vision of a system that is as old as civilisation itself. It will take you on a whirlwind journey through the history of taxation, from ancient Mesopotamia right up to the present day, explaining the key dynamics of taxation around the world and arguing that governments are going to have to radically change who they tax and how if they are to succeed in the future.

©2019 Dominic Frisby (P)2019 Penguin Audio

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An enthralling look at history, culture & society

Having previously enjoyed the author's previous work, I had high expectations for this. Those expectations, however, have been surpassed!

At first glance a book about tax may sound dull and uninteresting, but in this instance nothing could be further than the truth. The sheer, phenomenal scale of how tax has literally shaped our lives in more ways than you would imagine, and how it has been hugely significant in virtually every major historical event is mind blowing.

It's difficult to resist sharing some of the knowledge and facts I have learned, but I don't want to give anything away to potential readers/listeners. This book is literally surprise after surprise, fascinating fact after fascinating fact. Even the book's title is taken from some interesting tax related trivia.

It is highly educational, but without any tedious scholarly feel to it. Rather the author, Dominic Frisby, has the wonderful writing ability to come across as your mate down the pub who would be excellent on quiz shows, such is their font of knowledge. No technical or academic jargon, just everyday plain English that everyone can relate to.

Listening to the audio version, narrated by Dominic Frisby himself, is especially enriching. Dominic's relaxed and friendly manner adds the perfect colour to a fascinating journey throughout history, offering a perspective I don't think has ever been offered elsewhere.

I highly recommend this book, regardless if you find the subject of tax an appealing notion or not. I guarantee this book will surprise you and grip you.
Much like Mr. Frisby's excellent book "Life After The State", my friends are going to be hearing a lot about this book from me until they do themselves a favour and check it out for themselves.

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Very interesting

Most interesting from both a historic and tax perspective. It stimulates an area as the author suggests has been forgotten by society even though tax affects us all.

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The veil is now lifted

Well Dominic that was something special. Just itime for the election too. Many things are much clearer now. I loved the history and also the "plan" for utopia. Meet you there..! Now off to launch the subscription plan for my daughter's café. Look forward to your next offering. Where do I sign up? Cheers Mike

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Fantastically interesting, brilliantly read

This is a surprisingly gripping book full of interesting stories and facts that will make you see the world - our past, present and future -in a new way. The author is also one of the UK's top voiceover artists according to Wikipedia. So to have such a book, so well read by the author himself is a rare treat.

Give this book a try. You will not regret it.

PS Full disclosure: I am the author.

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Should be taught in every school

This is such a great read and should be taught in every school. Tax is the hidden driver of so much history - who knew?!

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