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Most people find that what they really like about money is more of it, but only Americans started with a clean slate and a belief that if only they could hit on the right formula their dreams would come true. They experimented with money as no other nation ever had the chance to: wampum, paper currency, private bank notes, gold and silver, government money, bank money. On the way, the people learned to strike a deal, fix a price, watch their interests. They learned how to conjure money not out of thin air exactly, but out of the natural riches of the land and the ingenuity of their own minds, and fell to arguing how much, relatively speaking, it was worth. And, settling that dispute, over the years, has defined them as a nation. This is the history of America through the story of the dollar. Jason Goodwin traces this rollercoaster of a currency, delving into its murky past and uncovering how it became America's most potent symbol, and the most popular man-made product of all time.
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  • Electronic book text
  • Penguin Books Ltd (Digital)
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • United Kingdom
  • 0141886714
  • 9780141886718