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The History of Money

The History of Money

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by Jack Weatherford

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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

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History of Money 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
APWORLDisHARD More than 1 year ago
The History of Money, by Jack Weatherford, is an in-depth summary of how and why money came to be such a prominent part of our world. I felt that it was a well written book intended for the casually interested reader, instead of something to be used for information and facts. This, however, is a good thing, for it managed to keep my interest on something that seems like a boring topic. However, sometimes the repetitiveness in a few of the chapters was a definite annoyance. Over all, though, it is an interesting read that helps to explain how money and commerce managed to effect everything from the spread of Christianity to the start of the Renaissance. While I did enjoy this book, I feel that only certain types of people should read this book, for at times it can be quite tedious. Only those with an invested interest in history would like this book. Also, some of Weatherford's ideas on the future economical techniques see quite farfetched and it is hard to quite grasp what he is trying to propose. As a whole though, he took a boring subject and turned it into readable nonfiction, though there could have been some improvements
Cress67 More than 1 year ago
The History of Money, by Jack Weatherford, is, as stated on the cover, a history of money. It goes over how money came into being, how it has aided civilizations, and how it has brought empires to their knees. This book was written in a manner that kept me interested and yet was still able to convey some meaningful facts and statistics throughout its length. The book goes over the different kinds of money that have been used in history, such as food items, luxury items, shells, coinage, paper money, and digital money, and goes over the pros/cons of most of them. For example, it is stated that "commodity money", such as food, was less useful for stockpiling wealth due to the fact that many of the objects contained in that category are perishable or will otherwise lose their value due to wear or exposure over a period of time. Overall, I would have to say that this is a great book that you should read if you want to learn about money, its use throughout history, and its effect on such spheres as religion and culture. While I thought that the book was quite interesting, others may not think that it is. He repeats many things multiple times in short spans, and the writing can be somewhat boring at times. Nevertheless, it is a good nonfiction book, as it manages to grasp the reader's attention in some manner, unlike so many other nonfictions books which inspire boredom in those that read them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The History of Money by Jack Weatherford is a good book to read, depending on your interest and motive. If there is no motive to learn about the impact of banking and money on different groups or civilizations, this book will not be interesting and will seem boring. However, if there is interest, I would heavily recommend this book. The History of Money goes through the civilizations impacted by money and economic systems, starting with the Aztecs with Cacao Beans to modern day money systems. It talks about what leaders did to confront economic problems, such as Roman Emperors and French kings. Also, it discusses different groups like the Templars who made banking systems. Overall, The History of Money is an excellent book to read for those interested in economic systems
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