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

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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. From the Hardcover edition.
Authors: Weatherford, J. McIver
Title: The history of money
from sandstone to cyberspace
Publisher: New York : Three Rivers Press, c1997
Edition: 1st pbk. ed
Characteristics: xv, 288 p. ;,21 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Jack Weatherford
Notes: "Originally published in hardcover by Crown Publishers, Inc. in 1997."--T.p. verso
Contents: 1. Cannibals, chocolate, and cash
2. The fifth element
3. The premature death of money
4. Knights of commerce
5. The Renaissance : new money for old art
6. The golden curse
7. The birth of the dollar
8. The devil's mint
9. Metric money
10. The gold bug
11. The yellow brick road
12. The golden playpen of politics
13. Wild money and the stealth tax
14. The cash ghetto
15. Interlude in plastic
16. The erotic life of electronic money
17. The art of currency terror
18. The age of money
ISBN: 9780609801727
Branch Call Number: 332.49 W362h 1997
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (p. [275]-281) and index
Subject Headings: Money History
Topical Term: Money
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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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