Daily Archives: Nov 28, 2020 at 07:48 am EST

Book Bits: 28 November 2020

The Money Plot: A History of Currency’s Power to Enchant, Control, and Manipulate
Frederick Kaufman
Summary via publisher (Other Press)
Half fable, half manifesto, this brilliant new take on the ancient concept of cash lays bare its unparalleled capacity to empower and enthrall us.
Frederick Kaufman tackles the complex history of money, beginning with the earliest myths and wrapping up with Wall Street’s byzantine present-day doings. Along the way, he exposes a set of allegorical plots, stock characters, and stereotypical metaphors that have long been linked with money and commercial culture, from Melanesian trading rituals to the dogma of Medieval churchmen faced with global commerce, the rationales of Mercantilism and colonial expansion, and the U.S. dollar’s 1971 unpinning from gold.

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