The Money Plot by Frederick Kaufman audiobook

The Money Plot: A History of Currency's Power to Enchant, Control, and Manipulate

By Frederick Kaufman
Read by Malcolm Hillgartner

Brilliance Audio 9781590517185

Unabridged

Format : Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781713562481

  • ISBN: 9781713562481

Runtime: 8.45 Hours
Category: Nonfiction/Business & Economics
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

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.

The Money Plot offers a tool to see through the haze of modern banking and finance, demonstrating that the standard reasons given for economic inequality—the Neoliberal gospel of market forces—are, like dollars, euros, and yuan, contingent upon structures people have designed. It shines a light on the one percent’s efforts to contain a money culture that benefits them within boundaries they themselves are increasingly setting. And Kaufman warns that if we cannot recognize what is going on, we run the risk of becoming pawns and shells ourselves, of becoming other people’s money.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

Economists have long understood that we hold paper money only because we believe others will want to hold it too. In this fascinating book, Frederick Kaufman takes the argument one step further: those beliefs can only be sustained by stories. The story of money is a story. It is not from the benevolence of the banker, the stock broker, or the financier that we expect our dinner, but from their regard for the tales that only gifted fabulists like Kaufman can tell. Andrés Velasco, former Finance Minister of Chile and current Dean of the School of Public Policy at the London School of Economics
In The Money Plot, Frederick Kaufman offers a startling thesis—that money is a metaphor, a fiction—and makes it plausible by brilliantly interweaving economics, literary theory, anthropology, and political history. Distilling vast erudition into wonderfully readable prose, Kaufman gives us an important book that brims with fresh insights into the ways that money, from ancient times to today, has been a floating symbol with no stable meaning. David S. Reynolds, winner of the Bancroft Prize for American History and author of Abe: Abraham Lincoln in His Times
A tantalizing analysis of how the lifeblood of the market came into being, and how it can make or break the capitalist system. You will never grasp the true meaning of money, now and into the future, without reading this book. Mauro F. Guillén, author of 2030: How Today’s Biggest Trends Will Collide and Reshape the Future of Everything
A splendid treatment of money-as-metaphor, from Midas and Gorgias to Jackson and Biddle, and on to Nixon, Connally, and the end of gold. James K. Galbraith, author of The End of Normal
In The Money Plot, Frederick Kaufman masterfully unravels the fascinating tale of money as an ever-changing reflection of whatever people believe or need it to be, and as defined by historical period, perspective, and circumstance. From beads to gold to paper to bitcoins to yes, bacon, Kaufman takes us on a journey through a remarkable diversity of leaders, events, relationships, and products to provide a provocative biography of money itself. A must-read for anyone wondering just how much money central banks can create, how high can markets go, and how much speculation we can endure—before the next crisis. Nomi Prins, author of Collusion: How Central Bankers Rigged the World and All the Presidents’ Bankers
In this unusual and original book, Frederick Kaufman tells the history of money in its double guise as a medium of exchange and a symbol of value. In its first form it strives for fixity, but as a symbol of our fluctuating hopes, fears, and desires, fixity perpetually eludes it. Being a measure of our freedom to dream, money can never be given a fixed value in a free society. Required bedtime reading for central bank governors tasked with ‘controlling the money supply.’ Robert Skidelsky, Emeritus Professor of Political Economy at Warwick University and coauthor of How Much Is Enough?
Fascinating. An irreverent, grand, and captivating history tour of money: what it is and what it does to each and all of us. George Papaconstantinou, former finance minister of Greece and author of Game Over: The Inside Story of the Greek Crisis
With well-deserved authority and a pleasing narrative flair, Frederick Kaufman explores the origins of money—why we have it, where it came from, and what it means today. If you ever wondered why people are willing to accept a funny-looking piece of paper in exchange for a richly marbled New York strip steak, this is the book for you. William D. Cohan, New York Times bestselling author of House of Cards and The Last Tycoons
“Fascinating…Kaufman has a sharp eye for colorful anecdotes and a witty and incisive prose style. The result is an appealing compendium of musings and money-related minutiae. Publishers Weekly

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Available Formats : CD, Library CD
Category: Nonfiction/Business & Economics
Runtime: 8.45
Audience: Adult
Language: English