Money: The True Story of a Made-Up Thing (Hardback)
  • Money: The True Story of a Made-Up Thing (Hardback)

Money: The True Story of a Made-Up Thing (Hardback)

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Hardback 272 Pages / Published: 01/10/2020
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Humans invented money from nothing, so why can't we live without it? And why does no one understand what it really is? In this lively tour through the centuries, Jacob Goldstein charts the story of this paradoxical commodity, exploring where money came from, why it matters and whether bitcoin will still exist in twenty years.

Full of interesting stories and quirky facts - from the islanders who used huge stones as a means of exchange to the merits of universal basic income - this is an indispensable handbook for anyone curious about how money came to make the world go round.

Publisher: Atlantic Books
ISBN: 9781786495709
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 495 g
Dimensions: 210 x 160 x 30 mm
Edition: Main

Fast-paced and chatty... a history of currency full of astonishing tales you might tell a friend in the pub... Great preparation for turbulent times: a vibrant and accessible grounding in how the evolution of cash - organic, random and social - really works. * The New York Times *
Entertaining... [Goldstein's] strength is historical sweep, from the clay balls recording debts in Mesopotamia 5,000 years ago to decentralised encrypted electronic currencies including bitcoin. * Financial Times *
Chatty and engaging * TLS *
A roller coaster ride through the history of one of humanity's strangest and most consequential inventions. This is a gripping, mind-bending story, and you couldn't ask for a better storyteller than Jacob Goldstein. * Tim Harford, author of How To Make The World Add Up *
A lucid, entertaining explainer of all things economic. * Ira Glass, host and producer of This American Life *
Funny and accessible, beautiful and conversational. Goldstein's Money hits the bullseye in every respect. It made me look at my wallet and its musty contents with fresh eyes. A must-read. * Gary Shteyngart, bestselling author of Little Failure *
A wonderfully entertaining, freewheeling history -- told with verve, wit and full of smart insights. Goldstein has a remarkable gift for making complicated economic issues beguilingly simple. * Liaquat Ahamed, bestselling author of Lords of Finance: The Bankers Who Broke the World *
Jacob Goldstein makes the complexities of economics and monetary policy not just comprehensible, but also genuinely fascinating. Charting the history of money becomes a lens through which to understand human history, and how we arrived at now. -- John Green, bestselling author of Looking for Alaska

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“Money - truth or fiction?”

Money. What is it? We all have it, some more than others, but do we really understand what we have? Do we believe we have something but, when analysed, find we have nothing? How real is that thing we know as MONEY?... More

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“A different take on the history of money”

A really interesting read, and a different take on the history of money. Goldstein's writing style is accessible and journalistic - we are taken on a romp through the history of money, not covering the whole... More

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