Capitalism sometimes relies on spinning and mis-selling. The only slight mis-selling of this book is in the chronology offered in the subtitle, 1860 to 1914. It’s really also a study of modern capitalism that looks back to the early phases of Britain’s Industrial Revolution but also forwards to modern globalisation and hyper-financialisation and today’s populist backlash. Sassoon slaps capitalism, but it is in part a congratulatory (and deserved) slap. This is a book for today and tomorrow.