Jacob Goldstein is the host of the hit international podcast Planet Money - with millions of listeners worldwide. He has written about money for the New York Times Magazine and his stories air regularly on This American Life, All Things Considered and Morning Edition. He previously worked as a reporter at the Wall Street Journal and the Miami Herald.
Jacob Goldstein makes the complexities of economics and monetary policy not just comprehensible, but also genuinely fascinating. Charting the history of money becomes a lens through which to understand human history, and how we arrived at now. -- John Green, bestselling author of Looking for Alaska A wonderfully entertaining, freewheeling history -- told with verve, wit and full of smart insights. Goldstein has a remarkable gift for making complicated economic issues beguilingly simple. * Liaquat Ahamed, bestselling author of Lords of Finance: The Bankers Who Broke the World * Funny and accessible, beautiful and conversational. Goldstein's Money hits the bullseye in every respect. It made me look at my wallet and its musty contents with fresh eyes. A must-read. * Gary Shteyngart, bestselling author of Little Failure * A lucid, entertaining explainer of all things economic. * Ira Glass, host and producer of This American Life * A roller coaster ride through the history of one of humanity's strangest and most consequential inventions. This is a gripping, mind-bending story, and you couldn't ask for a better storyteller than Jacob Goldstein. * Tim Harford, author of How To Make The World Add Up * Entertaining... [Goldstein's] strength is historical sweep, from the clay balls recording debts in Mesopotamia 5,000 years ago to decentralised encrypted electronic currencies including bitcoin. * Financial Times * Fast-paced and chatty... a history of currency full of astonishing tales you might tell a friend in the pub... Great preparation for turbulent times: a vibrant and accessible grounding in how the evolution of cash - organic, random and social - really works. * The New York Times *