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Bought this as a Christmas gift for a avid collector of ancient coins. This guy is quite intelligent, up in age (so he has everything), and very hard to buy for. He loved it! He told me several times how much.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 18, 2007
Posted August 17, 2006
I know what you're thinking, 'A book about a coin? Who cares?' I finished this three-hundred paged book, including eighteen pages of footnotes, within two days. And even though eight of those hours were on-the-clock, that alone does not explain my reading speed. Double Eagle is an exciting and fascinating book about the last known 1933 U.S. twenty dollar gold piece in circulation. Illegally. For us 'Baby Boomers' born in the early 1950s, Double Eagle discloses the gentleman whose promotion drove so many of us kids to become bright-eyed coin collectors searching through our change at the corner grocery store and our mother's coin purses. And then making long bicycle rides in the summer vacation heat to the nearest bank in order to exchange our rolls of gone-through pennies for fresh red-rolled cents. The eighteen pages of footnotes were sometimes used, but as I read further I believe are put there mainly to prevent the thought of lawsuit from any of the individuals exposed by author Alison Frankel's meticulous research. One of the gripes I have with the book is that sometimes there is far too much detail, while at the same time I also yearned for pictures of some of the other often-mentioned coins. Speaking of the eight pages of black and white photos, if you wish to pursue the story as the real life suspense mystery it chronicles, leave the photos for last, because their captions reveal too much of the story in too little words. Through about chapter eight or nine the reading is virtually as exciting and compelling as a Michael Chricton thriller, only this story is pure golden fact. This is a book I could not put down and an adventure that doesn't end until the last two pages of the Epilogue.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 10, 2006
Frankel's deft book, Double Eagle, tells the incredible story of the famous 1933 $20 gold coin. The world's most coveted and treasured coin traveled the globe, only to land in New York City, in the middle of a thrilling sting operation by the Secret Service. Where greed, wealth and obsession meet, the book details the inner workings of the coin world, the mania of collectors, the art history of coin making, and the secretive auction house rules. Frankel's writing is stylish and muscular. She is clearly an accomplished reporter. Her attention to detail was the best part of the reading experience for me. Double Eagle (the book) holds up as well at Double Eagle (the coin) as a treasure for the ages.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.