An explosive novel of high finance and underworld villainy from Ken Follett, the grand master of international action and suspense. Look out for Ken's newest book, A Column of Fire, available now. Crime, high finances, and journalism are interconnected in this early thriller by the author of On Wings of Eagles and Lie Down With Lions. In one suspenseful, action-packed day, fortunes change hands as an ambitious young reporter scrambles to crack the story. A suicidal junior minister, an avaricious tycoon, and a seasoned criminal with his team of tough guys all play their parts in a scheme that moves "paper money" around at a dizzying pace.
Crime, high finances, and journalism are interconnected in this early thriller. In one suspenseful, action-packed day, fortunes change hands as an ambitious young reporter scrambles to crack the story. A suicidal Junior Minister, an avaricious tycoon, and a seasoned criminal with his team of tough guys all play their parts in a scheme that moves "paper money" around at a dizzying pace. Paper Money is a tautly woven, intriguing story of a single day in the life of the London Evening Post. As various stories break--the awarding of an oil-drilling contract, a mammoth cash robbery, the blackmailing of a politician--awkward questions begin to tie the events together, but will the full story ever make the headlines? By the grand master of suspense, Ken Follett (The Modigliani Scandal). First time published in the United States.
A wide range of readers will be intrigued by the subject of paper money. This book is highly illustrated, making it an enticing study for those that simply enjoy the many art forms on the world's currencies. Paper money is part of the currency of every nation in the world, conveying messages of historical significance, ranging from the affairs of government in war and peace to the consequences of challenging economic times and political upheaval. The evolution of its colorful imagery and revealing script provide for an interesting study with broad appeal. Whether it expressed the pride that a town, state, or nation found in its historical background, its heroes and distinguished citizens, its architectural accomplishments, or even themes of religious importance and the natural environment, paper money almost always reflected the temperament of the community. This book explores the role that money plays in our everyday lives and addresses the perception of a money's value. What is it that gives this paper any real, material value, when it is backed solely by one's faith in the government that issued it? History records the answer, by the number of governments which have experience hyperinflation. The enigma that people will accept the value of paper money unbacked by anything of real substance is a major topic covered by this book. INDEX is shown below: Preface Introduction Paper Money Authenticity Chapter 1-Images, Symbols, and Words -U.S Paper Money -Hidden Messages and Symbols -Portrait Significance -Dual Currencies -Commemoratives and Cultures Chapter 2-Indians, Slaves, Propaganda and War -Indians -U.S. Slavery -Russia / Germany -Concentration Camps -World War II Era -IndoChina, Vietnam & Cambodia -Cuba -Military Payment Certificates -Miscellaneous 1960's-1980's -World Slavery -Recent Propaganda Chapter 3-World Inflation -Zimbabwe (2006-2009) -Romania (2003-2005) -Turkey (2000-2005) -Zaire/Rep. of Congo (1992-2007) -Belarus (1992-2000) -Peru (1991-2001) -Angola (1987-1999) -Georgia (1994-1995) -Poland (1924-1994) -Yugoslavia (1990-1994) -Bosnia-Herzegovina (1992-1994) -Mexico (1988-1992) -Brazil (1986-1994) -Nicaragua (1985-1991) -Argentina (1981-1993) -Bolivia (1981-1987) -Chile (1967-2008) -Hungary (1946-1957) -Greece (1944) -Russia (1917-1997) -Germany (1874-1945) -Introduction to Notgeld Closing Thoughts References
Author: Kenneth S. Rogoff
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Release Date: 2017-06-27
Genre: Business & Economics
From the New York Times bestselling author of This Time Is Different, "a fascinating and important book" (Ben Bernanke) about phasing out most paper money to fight crime and tax evasion—and to battle financial crises by tapping the power of negative interest rates The world is drowning in cash—and it's making us poorer and less safe. Kenneth Rogoff, New York Times bestselling author of This Time Is Different, makes a persuasive and fascinating case for an idea that until recently would have seemed outlandish: getting rid of most paper money. Even as people in advanced economies are using less paper money, there is more cash in circulation—a record $1.4 trillion in U.S. dollars alone, or $4,200 for every American, mostly in $100 bills. And the United States is hardly exceptional. So what is all that cash being used for? The answer is simple: a large part is feeding tax evasion, corruption, terrorism, the drug trade, human trafficking, and the rest of a massive global underground economy. As Rogoff shows, paper money can also cripple monetary policy. In the aftermath of the recent financial crisis, central banks have been unable to stimulate growth and inflation by cutting interest rates significantly below zero for fear that it would drive investors to abandon treasury bills and stockpile cash. This constraint has paralyzed monetary policy in virtually every advanced economy, and is likely to be a recurring problem in the future. The Curse of Cash offers a plan for phasing out most paper money—while leaving small-denomination bills and coins in circulation indefinitely—and addresses the issues the transition will pose, ranging from fears about privacy and price stability to the need to provide subsidized debit cards for the poor. While phasing out the bulk of paper money will hardly solve the world’s problems, it would be a significant step toward addressing a surprising number of very big ones. Provocative, engaging, and backed by compelling original arguments and evidence, The Curse of Cash is certain to spark widespread debate.
An introduction to the country's currency offers explanations of the prominent symbols and inscriptions shown on each note, information on the individuals featured on them, and a history of the significant changes made in the industry since 1860.
Author: Eric P. Newman
Publisher: Krause Publications
Release Date: 2008-11-28
Genre: Antiques & Collectibles
Features information available only to auction and dealer networks &break;&break;Responds to intense market demands, driven by collectors capitalizing on recent auctions involving distinguished collections &break;&break;Diverse audience: experienced collectors, history buffs, educators, and museum curators &break;&break;A recent surge in this paper money arena provides a ready-made audience for a new edition of this one-of-a-kind book. Top-dollar auctions are putting more Colonial American paper money into collectors' hands, creating a wealth of collectors seeking a new edition of the definitive guide - The Early Paper Money of America. This is the collector's best choice, because it: &break;&break;Offers 1,100+ detailed, high quality illustrations investors, history enthusiasts, re-enactment groups and educators can turn to identify issues &break;&break;Represents the most comprehensive guide to Colonial American paper money and early states issues &break;&break;Provides information not readily available to general paper money collectors &break;&break;This new edition continues a tradition of reliability collectors of early American paper money respect.