The History of Money

From Sandstone to Cyberspace

Weatherford, J. McIver

(Book - 1997)
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
The History of Money
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. From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: New York : Three Rivers Press, c1997
Edition: 1st pbk. ed
ISBN: 9780609801727
Branch Call Number: 332.49 W362h 1997
Characteristics: xv, 288 p. ;,21 cm


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An anthropologist look at the intriguing history and peculiar nature of money, tracing our relationship with it.

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May 23, 2012
  • LynetteB rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

A fascinating read! Provides an excellent bird's eye view of...well, the history of money. Lots of interesting nuggets to discover too. For example, the author makes the case that the "Wizard of Oz" was not originally written as a children's book, but rather that the story line was more political as it concerned the monetary policy of the time...specifically as it related to the gold standard or silver. Food for thought, and all very interesting.


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