How much is a dollar really worth? What if there was no such thing as money- could we still get by? In Money: The True Story of a Made-Up Thing, author Jacob Goldstein takes readers on an enlightening journey through the history and development of money. From ancient coins to modern day electronic transactions, Goldstein explores how various cultures have used different objects and systems to exchange value. Along the way, he debunks common myths about money while providing expert insights into its complex properties. Insightful and engaging, Money offers a unique look at one of humanity’s most indispensable inventions.
For who is this book for ?
This book is for anyone interested in the history and development of money. It offers a unique look at one of humanity’s most indispensable inventions, and provides expert insights into its complex properties.
- The author does a great job of breaking down the history and development of money into comprehensible chapters.
- The book is full of interesting facts about money that will surprise even seasoned currency experts.
- It provides a unique perspective on an invention that is ubiquitous in modern society.
- The book may be too dense for some readers
- The author’s points could be more effectively communicated in a shorter, easier to read format
- Some sections of the book may be dry or irrelevant to certain readers
Learn more about the author
Jacob Goldstein is a journalist and editor based in Brooklyn, New York. He has written extensively about economics, business, and finance for outlets including The Atlantic, NPR,”The toast”, Bill Moyers journal and others.
“This is a great, lucid book on the origins and nature of money. Goldstein convincingly argues that money is fundamentally an imaginary thing- but one that has proved hugely useful in allowing humans to cooperate on a large scale. He also makes a compelling case for why modern electronic forms of payment are not really “
“A clear, concise history of money and how it evolved. Goldstein does a great job at explaining complicated concepts in an easy-to-read fashion.”
“A fascinating exploration of money and the ways it has been used throughout history . . . Goldstein does an excellent job of explaining complex financial concepts in a clear, concise manner.”
“This is a great book for those looking to gain a better understanding of money and its history. The author does a good job of explaining complex concepts in an easy-to-understand manner, and he provides plenty of interesting anecdotes throughout the book.”