Book of Money
Everything you want to know about money, all between the covers of this 256-page book. Presented in a visual and textual format, learn about taxes, banking, investment houses, stock markets, hedge funds, inflation, pensions, coinage, and financial culture. You will read about key figures in economics, history and learn interesting facts about how countries cope with debt, interest rates, credit ratings, and money vs happiness. I avoided writing this description because I didn't think this would be that engaging, but found that I didn't want to stop reading after I started. Although I'm sure some of the statistics were outdated shortly after printing (2013), the presentation is fascinating. This book would just be a good resource for anyone who wants to understand a monetary system better. Did you know that the concept of credit has been around since Louis XV, a dollar will buy 8 cups of milk in Kenya, and money from Keno slips help build the Great Wall in China. The publisher touts this as a jargon free publication, but you will be introduced to a lot of new vocabulary. "Jargon Free" means that they give you the meaning of those words right on the same page they are used. You will also find a glossary at the back.
This book could be used as a supplement to your economics course, or just as a shelf reference. The explanations might help parents understand financing and the mechanics of the system a little better too. ~ Donna
A clear, concise, illustrated guide to the workings of the global economy.
Money is big news. Banks have collapsed, the property bubble has burst and national debts are at unimaginable levels. The Book of Money will help readers understand what is happening and how it affects them. It is a practical, understandable guide to all the nuances of the world of finance written for the lay reader.
Financial journalists Daniel Conaghan and Dan Smith present authoritative, insightful, insider knowledge in a clear manner. They provide up-to-date coverage of the most important economic issues that affect us all.
* History of economics
* Supply and demand
* Bank collapses, the property bubble and the global meltdown
* Stock markets, hedge funds
* Inflation, deflation, hyperinflation
* Coinage and paper money
* Economic forecasting
* Interest rates
* Economic class, the welfare state
* How countries cope with debt
* Electronic trading
* Personal finance and tax systems
* The International Monetary Fund and World Bank
* How credit ratings work
* Can money buy happiness?
Explanations are presented in a uniquely visual style. Numerous color illustrations, graphs, charts, timelines and Jargon Buster boxes aid in comprehension. Profiles describe key figures, and panels focus on special topics such as the Global Meltdown and PayPal.
The Book of Money is an authoritative, straightforward guide to the complex world of global finance. It is an ideal introduction for the average reader new to the topic and a reliable, up-to-date review for those with some knowledge. It is an essential purchase for a large audience eager to understand our complex world.