The History of Money

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Crown Publishing Group, Sep 23, 2009 - Business & Economics - 304 pages
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In his most widely appealing book yet, one of today's leading authors of popular anthropology looks at the intriguing history and peculiar nature of money, tracing our relationship with it from the time when primitive men exchanged cowrie shells to the imminent arrival of the all-purpose electronic cash card. 320 pp. Author tour. National radio publicity. 25,000 print.


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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
CLASSIC CASH
13
Z 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 (2009)

Jack Weatherford is the New York Times bestselling author of Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern WorldIndian Givers: How the Indians of the Americas Transformed the WorldThe 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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