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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (190 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David Wolman Narrator: Don Hagen Publisher: Gildan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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For 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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Quotes & Awards

  • “[Wolman] presents a fascinating and engaging thesis…a crucial look at the role of cash.”

    Washington Post

  • “[A] provocative new book…A tidy history of money and its discontents.”


  • “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.”


  • “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.”

    Philadelphia Sunday Tribune

  • “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.”

    New York Journal of Books

  • “An entertaining and engaging canter through the world of money, both real and electronic.”

    Fiscal Times

  • An Amazon Top 100 Book of 2012
  • An Amazon Best Book of the Month, February 2012

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Chris Conrey | 2/20/2014

    " An interesting thought experiment into what cash and money mean to our society and the global economy "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jeff Kessler | 2/4/2014

    " The End of Money is a good book describing what money will look like in the future. However, much of the book left me unsatisfied and wanting more from the author. Also, while I enjoyed the personal accounts of the author's travels, it overpowered the real information. More information or a wider variety of monetary stories would make the book much more enjoyable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Shayne | 1/3/2014

    " A thought-provoking piece on cash and money; got me thinking about a lot of the relevant issues, and how I use money myself. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Lindsey | 12/15/2013

    " A quick read, and interesting enough, although I was hoping there would be more discussion of digital currencies. "

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