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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Overview

For ages, money has meant little metal disks and rectangular slips of paper. Yet the usefulness of physical money—to say nothing of its value—is coming under fire as never before. Intrigued by the distinct possibility that cash will soon disappear, author and Wired contributing editor David Wolman sets out to investigate the future of money…and how it will affect your wallet.

Wolman begins his journey by deciding to shun cash for an entire year—a surprisingly successful experiment (with a couple of notable exceptions). He then ventures forth to find people and technologies that illuminate the road ahead. In Honolulu, he drinks Mai Tais with Bernard von NotHaus, a convicted counterfeiter and alternative-currency evangelist whom government prosecutors have labeled a domestic terrorist. In Tokyo, he sneaks a peek at the latest anti-counterfeiting wizardry, while puzzling over the fact that banknote forgers depend on society's addiction to cash. In a downtrodden Oregon town, he mingles with obsessive coin collectors—the people who are supposed to love cash the most, yet don't. And in rural Georgia, he examines why some people feel the end of cash is Armageddon’s warm-up act. After stops at the Digital Money Forum in London and Iceland’s central bank, Wolman flies to Delhi, where he sees first-hand how cash penalizes the poor more than anyone—and how mobile technologies promise to change that.

Told with verve and wit, The End of Money explores an aspect of our daily lives so fundamental that we rarely stop to think about it. You’ll never look at a dollar bill the same again.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780306822698
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication date: 08/13/2013
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 240
File size: 437 KB

About the Author

David Wolman is a contributing editor at Wired. He has written for such publications as OutsideMother JonesNewsweekDiscoverForbes, and Salon, and his work appeared in Best American Science Writing 2009. A former Fulbright journalism fellow in Japan and graduate of Stanford University's journalism program, he now lives in Portland, Oregon, where he received a 2011 Oregon Arts Commission Individual Artist Fellowship. His previous books are A Left-Hand Turn Around the World and Righting the Mother Tongue. Visit his website at www.david-wolman.com and follow him on Twitter at @davidwolman.

Table of Contents

Introduction vii

1 The Missionary 1

2 The Messenger 27

3 The Counterfeiters 61

4 The Loyalists 85

5 The Patriot 103

6 The Traitor 125

7 The Revolutionaries 163

8 The Emissary 195

Afterword: Armistice 205

Acknowledgments 215

Notes 217

Bibliography 227

Index 229

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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.