Coined: The Rich Life of Money and How Its History Has Shaped Us

Coined: The Rich Life of Money and How Its History Has Shaped Us

by Kabir Sehgal
Coined: The Rich Life of Money and How Its History Has Shaped Us

Coined: The Rich Life of Money and How Its History Has Shaped Us

by Kabir Sehgal


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A New York Times and Wall Street Journal Bestseller

From New York Times bestselling author Kabir Sehgal, an informative, rousing, surprising history of the one thing that makes the world go 'round: money.

The importance of money in our lives is readily apparent to everyone--rich, poor, and in between. However grudgingly, we are all aware of the power of money--how it influences our moods, compels us to take risks, and serves as the yardstick of success in societies around the world. Yet because we take the daily reality of money so completely for granted, we seldom question how and why it has come to play such a central role in our lives.

In Coined: The Rich Life of Money And How Its History Has Shaped Us, author Kabir Sehgal casts aside our workaday assumptions about money and takes the reader on a global quest to uncover a deeper understanding of the relationship between money and humankind. More than a mere history of its subject, Coined probes the conceptual origins and evolution of money by examining it through the multiple lenses of disciplines as varied as biology, psychology, anthropology, and theology. Coined is not only a profoundly informative discussion of the concept of money, but it is also an endlessly fascinating and entertaining take on the nature of humanity and the inner workings of the mind.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781455578528
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 03/10/2015
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 851,086
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Kabir Sehgal is a vice president in emerging market equities at J.P. Morgan in New York. He serves as an officer in the United States Navy Reserve, served as a speechwriter on a presidential campaign, and is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He is the New York Times bestselling author of books including Walk in My Shoes (with Andrew Young) and Jazzocracy. A Grammy-winning producer who has performed with Grammy-winning musicians as a jazz bassist, he co-founded an arts organization which merged with the Afro Latin Jazz Alliance. Sehgal is a graduate of Dartmouth College and the London School of Economics.

Table of Contents

Foreword ix

Introduction 1

Part I Mind: The Roots of an Idea

Chapter 1 It's a Jungle Out There: The biology of exchange 13

Chapter 2 A piece of My Mind: The psychology of money 39

Chapter 3 So in Debt: The anthropology of debt 67

Part II Body: The material Forms of Money

Chapter 4 Hard and Heavy: A brief history of hard money 97

Chapter 5 Some Like It Soft: A brief history of soft money 125

Chapter 6 Back to the Future: The future of money 163

Part III Soul: A Symbol of Values

Chapter 7 Angel Investors: Religion and money 197

Chapter 8 Gilt Complex: The art on money 227

Epilogue 253

Acknowledgments 255

List of Illustrations 258

Selected Bibliography 259

Notes 265

Index 303

About the Author 319

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