The End of Money: Counterfeiters, Preachers, Techies, Dreamers--and the Coming Cashless Society

The End of Money: Counterfeiters, Preachers, Techies, Dreamers--and the Coming Cashless Society

by David Wolman
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The End of Money: Counterfeiters, Preachers, Techies, Dreamers--and the Coming Cashless Society by David Wolman

The age of paper dollars and metal coins is coming to a close. In The End of Money, David Wolman introduces the people, technologies, and trends powering this shake-up, taking us to hotspots of the cashless revolution. He zooms from the cash-strapped slums of Delhi, to the tech-obsessed streets of Tokyo, to London to hobnob with digital cash gurus. Then it’s on to Reykjavik, where Icelanders are about to kill their national currency; Washington, to learn about high-tech counterfeiting; and Los Angeles, where scientists study our brains on cash. Along the way, Wolman examines the implications of next-generation payment innovations, investigates alternative and virtual currencies, and showcases the boon in mobile-phone banking.

As cash gets pushed toward extinction, now is the time to explore its effect on our wallets and our lives.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780306818837
Publisher: Da Capo Press
Publication date: 02/14/2012
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

David Wolman writes for Wired, Discover, Newsweek, and other magazines. His previous books are A Left-Hand Turn Around the World and Righting the Mother Tongue. He lives in Portland, Oregon.

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The End of Money: Counterfeiters, Preachers, Techies, Dreamers--and the Coming Cashless Society 2.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
lifeguardzac More than 1 year ago
This is a decent overview of the current state of cash usage & movements towards other payment forms, such as PayPal, mobile payments through cell phones, and digital currencies, such as BitCoin. I found the information to be fairly good, albeit surprisingly dated given the Square Register and BitCoin innovations within the last year or so. Overall, the information on the Federal Reserve and seignorage was alright, again, albeit short and sweet. This is a good primer on money and finance but is by no means comprehensive.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Why is this $16.25 on Nook and $11.95 on my Ipad.