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The True Story of a Made-Up Thing

Jacob Goldstein



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Atlantic Books
03 November 2020
Humans invented money from nothing, so why can't we live without it? And why does no one understand what it really is? In this lively tour through the centuries, Jacob Goldstein charts the story of this paradoxical commodity, exploring where money came from, why it matters and whether bitcoin will still exist in twenty years.

Full of interesting stories and quirky facts - from the islanders who used huge stones as a means of exchange to the merits of universal basic income - this in an indispensable handbook for anyone curious about how money came to make the world go round.
By:   Jacob Goldstein
Imprint:   Atlantic Books
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 210mm,  Width: 142mm,  Spine: 22mm
Weight:   363g
ISBN:   9781838951337
ISBN 10:   1838951334
Pages:   304
Publication Date:   03 November 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  ELT Advanced ,  Primary
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

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.

Reviews for Money: The True Story of a Made-Up Thing

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 *

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