The History of Money: From Sandstone to Cyberspace

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Three Rivers Press, 1997 - Business & Economics - 288 pages
"If you're interested in the revolutionary transformation of the meaning and use of money, this is the book to read!"--Charles R. Schwab

Cultural anthropologist Jack Weatherford traces our relationship with money, from primitive man's cowrie shells to the electronic cash card, from the markets of Timbuktu to the New York Stock Exchange. The History of Money explores how money and the myriad forms of exchange have affected humanity, and how they will continue to shape all aspects of our lives--economic, political, and personal.

"A fascinating book about the force that makes the world go round--the dollars, pounds, francs, marks, bahts, ringits, kwansas, levs, biplwelles, yuans, quetzales, pa'angas, ngultrums, ouguiyas, and other 200-odd brand names that collectively make up the mysterious thing we call money."--Los Angeles Times

 

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I saw this book while browsing at the library and thought it might be interesting. It is. I already knew a bit about the subject, although I didn't know that The Wizard of Oz was a satire about the ... Read full review

THE HISTORY OF MONEY: The Struggle Over Money from Sandstone to Cyberspace

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An engagingly digressive audit of the mediums of exchange humankind has used and abused down through the years, from anthropologist Weatherford (Savages and Civilization, 1994, etc.). Drawing on a ... Read full review

Contents

The World Market
1
Cannibals Chocolate and Cash
15
The Fifth Element
28
The Premature Death of Money
46
Knights of Commerce
64
New Money for Old Art
80
The Golden Curse
93
PAPER MONEY
109
The Yellow Brick Road
168
The Golden Playpen of Politics
178
ELECTRONIC MONEY
191
The Cash Ghetto
209
Interlude in Plastic
219
The Erotic Life of Electronic Money
233
The Art of Currency Terror
251
The Age of Money
264

The Devils Mint
123
Metric Money
141
The Gold Bug
153

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About the author (1997)

Jack Weatherford is the New York Times bestselling author of Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World, Indian Givers: How the Indians of the Americas Transformed the World, The Secret History of the Mongol Queens, and The History of Money, among other acclaimed books. A specialist in tribal peoples, he was for many years a professor of anthropology at Macalester College in Minnesota and now divides his time between the United States and Mongolia.

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