Gossamer is witty enough, in all conscience, but under its brilliant surface a big idea floats, a big emotion flows.... Canon Hannay presents a very different conception of the financier and his function. He sees organised finance not as an octopus, but as a gossamer, a delicate protective web thrown over the fields of human endeavour. "Ascher and men like him," he says, "have spun fine threads, covering every civilised land with a web of credit, infinitely complex, so delicate that a child's hand could tear it. . . . —H. W. Boynton in The Bookman.
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