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The End of Money
Counterfeiters, Preachers, Techies, Dreamers - And the Coming Cashless Societyav David Wolman
SlutsåldFor 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.
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Kirkus Reviews, 1/15/12 "Alternating between in-depth reporting and personal rumination, Wired contributing editor Wolman tries to figure out what a cashless society would mean and whether it is an idea whose time has come...He has plenty of thoughts about what could replace physical money, but he is wise enough to understand that he cannot imagine all of the unexpected outcomes. An intriguing book on a topic that many readers have always taken for granted: the cash in their purses and wallets." Publishers Weekly, 1/30/12"Wolman believes that physical cash will soon cease to be. He explores this compelling possibility by talking with a number of fascinating characters...Just as interesting is Wolman's discussion of money, culture, and poverty...Wolman's writing is clear and thoughtful, and his use of characters and places add color and personality to this excellent investigation of a timely topic" Biz Books, 2/5/12"You'll never look at a dollar bill without thinking its societal costs are more than a dollar." The Fiscal Times, 1/26/12 "An entertaining and engaging canter through the world of money, both real and electronic." King Features Syndicate, 2/20/12"[A] fascinating book...The End of Money will cause readers to rethink the contents of their wallets...This is an example of exceptional in-depth reporting that examines cash and predicts that in the near future our currencies will undergo a change that will be so dramatic it will change the way our world works." "The Bookworm Sez (nationally syndicated column)," 2/13/12"What you'll learn is surprising. Whether you've got greenbacks or gravy, pennies, pounds, or plastic in your pocket, I think you'll find The End of Money extremely interesting. Money might not buy happiness, but reading this book is the next best thing." SecondAct.com, 2/9/12 "A fascinating exploration of how we are evolving into a society that relies entirely on plastic and mouse-clicks to buy, sell and save what we need." New York Journal of Books, 2/14/12"A thoughtful and engaging study...[Wolman] skillfully covers the essential themes of theories on the economics, politics, sociology, and anthropology of money; and he does so painlessly...This is a very well written study, and it has none of the alienating gravitas of an economics tome. The author follows interesting stories populated by colorful characters. And he explains difficult concepts with skill...One of the best books in a long time on a difficult subject." Portland Tribune, 2/16/12"Lively characters." Philadelphia Sunday Tribune, 2/5/12"Wolman dares to take a critical look at cash...Wolman's investigation ensures that you'll never look at a dollar bill the same way again." New American Foundation (The Ladder blog), 2/14/12 "A rallying cry for the anti-cash movement." Slate.com, 2/24/12"[A] provocative new book...A tidy history of money and its discontents." Wired.com, 2/17/12 "This is quite a romp, half digerotica, half travelogue...Whatever your take, reading this book will both entertain you and give your argument more currency." BizIndia.net, 2/19/12"We tip our hats off to David Wolman for his pioneering efforts on this subject and for presenting his findings in this valuable book." InfoDad.com, 2/23/12 "[A] world-spanning tour...A book that has many intriguing elements...[Wolman] makes many good points about the absurdities of cash...Raise[s] some intriguing questions and present[s] the views and personalities of some very interesting people." The New Scientist, 2/25/12"A particularly good chapter details the mobile banking revolution in the developing world...Interesting too are arguments for abolishing cash." Boston Globe, 2/27/12"[An] entertaining and enlightening account...Wolman has delivered an intriguing, thoughtful case against physical cash, aiming pile-driver
David Wolman is a contributing editor at Wired. He has written for such publications as Outside, Mother Jones, Newsweek, Discover, Forbes, 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.