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From primitive man's cowrie shells to the electronic cash card, from the markets of Timbuktu to the New York Stock Exchange, The History of Money explores how money and the myriad forms of exchange have affected humanity, and how they will continue to shape all aspects of our lives--economic, political, and personal.

©1998 Jack Weatherford (P)2010 Audible, Inc.

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A bad diatribe on the gold standard

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.

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  • Charles
  • Austin, TX, United States
  • 04-19-12

Learned some new stuff.

What did you love best about The History of Money?

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.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

history chain

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author has his own views (who does not) but defiantly learn some connections never thought of before.

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  • Ari
  • Beverly Hills, UM, Canada
  • 07-25-10

Informative and Interesting

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!

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  • Melody
  • Tipp City, OH, United States
  • 04-16-10


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!

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