Credit Card Nation, The Consequences of America's Addiction to Credit-- Part 2

A look at how small businesses play their cards

This excerpt is taken from a chapter of the new book, Credit Card Nation, The Consequences of America's Addiction to Credit, by Robert D. Manning, who looks at the present and future dependence on credit in the U.S. Manning goes beyond cards, examining the history of credit in the U.S. over the last 20 years and the beginning of deregulation of financial services. The following is an excerpt from his chapter on small businesses. It has been edited for length.

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