This book has absolutely no economic theory on the evolution of money and how it affects society. Rather, it is a thinly veiled political statement calling for the restoration of the gold standard. Now, that would normally be fine, but the author offers absolutely no credible debate on the pros and cons of his position. This book is full of strawmen, and the author jumps around in time with no thought to cause or effect. For example, he claims that Augustus' reckless spending near 0 B.C. caused the fall of the roman republic, 700 years later!. Do not expect this book be mentally stimulating.
There was a little history, but not much that many of us don't already know. There were some illuminating history concerning slavery, the Aztecs in particular. The evolution from barter to binary bit exchange is of value to someone with no knowledge of the subject.
I anticipated that the book would be about how money has evolved into something new. And indeed the book brings you right up to the current evolutionary stage, says we're on the brink of something big, and stops. I had hoped for a little more insight into the new world order. Instead I got to read a cursory history of how we got here. Mixed in is a lot of soap boxing about how money is the driving force of civilization and all that is good.
The family or system control of money over the ages. Good big picture book. Just remember to read as many big picture books as you can since they are theoretical not 100 percent truth. Still, you can learn a lot from this book.
author has his own views (who does not) but defiantly learn some connections never thought of before.
A historical account informative, (some of the information is disturbing) and seemingly optimistic about the fluidity of the currency systems in the future... don't get left behind!
This book gives a wonderful understanding of the importance money has played throughout history. It is well written and entertaining. I would recommend it to anyone!