Greenback: The Almighty Dollar and the Invention of America

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Macmillan, 2004 - History - 336 pages
With the wry and admiring eye of a modern Tocqueville, Jason Goodwin gives us a biography of the dollar and the story of its astonishing career through the wilds of American history. Looking at the dollar over the years as a form of art, a kind of advertising, and a reflection of American attitudes, Goodwin delves into folklore and the development of printing, investigates wildcats and counterfeiters, explains why a buck is a buck and how Dixie got its name. Bringing together an array of quirky detail and often hilarious anecdote, Goodwin tells the story of America through its most beloved product.
 

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User Review  - Chris177 - LibraryThing

A fact filled book with tons of history on both the rise of the United States and America’s greatest invention “The Dollar.” The book was, at times, difficult to follow (I think better editing could ... Read full review

GREENBACK: The Almighty Dollar and the Invention of America

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British popular historian Goodwin (Lords of the Horizons, 1999, etc.) explains how the Yankee dollar replaced Spanish pieces of eight as the world's most powerful money.One third of the value of ... Read full review

Contents

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IV
42
V
59
VI
74
VII
95
VIII
119
XI
174
XII
199
XIII
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255
XVI
285
XVII
297
XVIII
301

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About the author (2004)

Jason Goodwin's previous titles include Lords of the Horizons, On Foot to the Golden Horn, and A Time for Tea. He lives in England.

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