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Money has always been at the heart of the American experience. Paper money, invented in Boston in 1698, was a classic of American ingenuity — and American disregard for authority and tradition. With the wry and admiring eye of a modern Tocqueville, Jason Goodwin has written a biography of the dollar, giving us the story of its astonishing career through the wilds of American history.

Greenback looks at the dollar over the years as a form of art, a kind of advertising, a reflection of American attitudes, and a builder of empires. Goodwin shows us how the dollar rolled out the frontier and peopled the Plains; how it erected the great cities; how it expressed the urges of democracy and opportunity. And, above all, Goodwin introduces us to the people who championed — or ambushed — the dollar over the years: presidents, artists, pioneers, and frontiersmen; bankers, shady and upright; safecrackers, crooks, and dreamers of every stripe. It's a vast and colorful cast of characters, who all agreed on one thing: getting the money right was the key to unlocking liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Greenback delves into folklore and the development of printing, investigates wildcats and counterfeiters, explains why a buck is a buck and how Dixie got its name. Like Goodwin's Lords of the Horizons, another story of empire, Greenback brings together an array of quirky detail and surprising — often hilarious — anecdote to tell the story of America through its best-beloved product.

Review:

"[Goodwin] supplies interesting tales of copper- and steel-plate engravers, nice asides, and neat character sketches (most entertaining, some unnecessary for American readers)....An interesting and valiant attempt to encompass a subject that may be too cumbersome for one volume." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"After a strong start, this history of American money loses its thread and ends up as an entertaining collection of trivia, personality profiles and vignettes....Still, Goodwin's flair for a colorful tale makes for rich reading....But it's not the fascinating narrative take on the history of money in America that Goodwin sets out to deliver, and which the subject deserves." Publishers Weekly

Synopsis:

From the author of Lords of the Horizons, the fascinating story of a new kind of money for a new world. Money has always been at the heart of the American experience. Paper money itself, invented in Boston in 1698, was a classic of American ingenuity—and American disregard for authority and tradition. With the wry and admiring eye of a modern De Tocqueville, Jason Goodwin has written a biography of the dollar giving us the story of its astonishing career through the wilds of American history.

Greenback looks at the dollar over the years as a form of art, a kind of advertising, a reflection of American attitudes, and a builder of empires. Goodwin shows us how the dollar rolled out the frontier, peopled the Plains; how it erected the great cities; how it expressed the urges of democracy and opportunity. And above all, he introduces us to the people who championed—or ambushed—the dollar over the years: presidents, artists, pioneers and frontiersmen, bankers shady and upright, safe-blowers, and crooks and dreamers of every stripe. Its a vast and colorful cast of characters, all agreed on one thing: getting the money right was the key to unlocking liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Greenback delves into folklore and the development of printing, investigates wildcats and counterfeiters, explains why a buck is a buck and how Dixie got its name. Like Goodwins Lords of the Horizons, another story of empire, Greenback brings an array of quirky detail and surprising—often hilarious—anecdote to tell the story of America through its best-beloved product.

Synopsis:

With the wry and admiring eye of a modern Tocqueville, Jason Goodwin gives us a biography of the dollar and the story of its astonishing career through the wilds of American history. Looking at the dollar over the years as a form of art, a kind of advertising, and a reflection of American attitudes, Goodwin delves into folklore and the development of printing, investigates wildcats and counterfeiters, explains why a buck is a buck and how Dixie got its name. Bringing together an array of quirky detail and often hilarious anecdote, Goodwin tells the story of America through its most beloved product.

About the Author

Jason Goodwin's previous titles include Lords of the Horizons, On Foot to the Golden Horn, and A Time for Tea. He lives in England.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780805064070
Subtitle:
The Almighty Dollar and the Invention of America
Publisher:
Henry Holt and Co.
Author:
Goodwin, Jason
Author:
Morey, Arthur
Location:
New York
Subject:
United States - General
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
Money & Monetary Policy
Subject:
Money
Subject:
Dollar
Subject:
Dollar, American
Subject:
Economics - General
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
107-176
Publication Date:
January 2003
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
5 CDs, 6 hours
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.13 x 1.13 in

Related Subjects

Business » Accounting and Finance
History and Social Science » US History » General

Greenback: The Almighty Dollar and the Invention of America
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Product details 336 pages Henry Holt & Company - English 9780805064070 Reviews:
"Review" by , "[Goodwin] supplies interesting tales of copper- and steel-plate engravers, nice asides, and neat character sketches (most entertaining, some unnecessary for American readers)....An interesting and valiant attempt to encompass a subject that may be too cumbersome for one volume."
"Review" by , "After a strong start, this history of American money loses its thread and ends up as an entertaining collection of trivia, personality profiles and vignettes....Still, Goodwin's flair for a colorful tale makes for rich reading....But it's not the fascinating narrative take on the history of money in America that Goodwin sets out to deliver, and which the subject deserves."
"Synopsis" by ,
From the author of Lords of the Horizons, the fascinating story of a new kind of money for a new world. Money has always been at the heart of the American experience. Paper money itself, invented in Boston in 1698, was a classic of American ingenuity—and American disregard for authority and tradition. With the wry and admiring eye of a modern De Tocqueville, Jason Goodwin has written a biography of the dollar giving us the story of its astonishing career through the wilds of American history.

Greenback looks at the dollar over the years as a form of art, a kind of advertising, a reflection of American attitudes, and a builder of empires. Goodwin shows us how the dollar rolled out the frontier, peopled the Plains; how it erected the great cities; how it expressed the urges of democracy and opportunity. And above all, he introduces us to the people who championed—or ambushed—the dollar over the years: presidents, artists, pioneers and frontiersmen, bankers shady and upright, safe-blowers, and crooks and dreamers of every stripe. Its a vast and colorful cast of characters, all agreed on one thing: getting the money right was the key to unlocking liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Greenback delves into folklore and the development of printing, investigates wildcats and counterfeiters, explains why a buck is a buck and how Dixie got its name. Like Goodwins Lords of the Horizons, another story of empire, Greenback brings an array of quirky detail and surprising—often hilarious—anecdote to tell the story of America through its best-beloved product.

"Synopsis" by ,
With the wry and admiring eye of a modern Tocqueville, Jason Goodwin gives us a biography of the dollar and the story of its astonishing career through the wilds of American history. Looking at the dollar over the years as a form of art, a kind of advertising, and a reflection of American attitudes, Goodwin delves into folklore and the development of printing, investigates wildcats and counterfeiters, explains why a buck is a buck and how Dixie got its name. Bringing together an array of quirky detail and often hilarious anecdote, Goodwin tells the story of America through its most beloved product.

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