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"Not only does this book illuminate an interesting and little-discussed corner of American cultural history--the history and cultural significance of currency--but it does so in an open and engaging style. Provocative and filled with creative ideas."
--Frederick E. Hoxie, coeditor of Lewis and Clark and the Indian Country: The Native American Perspective
"Literature professor Shell provides a scholarly overview of wampum as the lingua franca of the New World. . . . By tracing the path of American currency from wampum to Wall Street, he removes wampum from historical-footnote status and spotlights a fascinating, often forgotten, aspect of Americana."--Booklist
"This copiously color-illustrated and erudite work fills a significant gap in the literature of Native American and U.S. economic studies and is highly recommended."--Library Journal
"I am struck with the remarkable depth and breadth of Marc Shell's scholarship in this book, his fascinating focus on the role of bilingualism and especially wampum in the development of American banking and currency, and his intriguing plays on words and images. An extremely stimulating and enjoyable book."
--Kathleen J. Bragdon, author of The Columbia Guide to American Indians of the Northeast
“The author's erudition and breadth of commentary is both edifying and entertaining."--EH.Net