Frederick Kaufman with Nick Licata
In The Money Plot: A History of Currency's Power to Enchant, Control, and Manipulate (The Other Press), Frederick Kaufman tackles the complex history of money, beginning with the earliest myths and wrapping up with Wall Street's byzantine present-day doings.
“A must-read for anyone wondering just how much money central banks can create, how high can markets go, and how much speculation we can endure--before the next crisis." --Nomi Prins.
Tonight Frederick Kaufman, an English professor who has become a widely published journalist and commentator, appears in conversation with longtime Seattle writer and former Seattle City Councilmember Nick Licata, author of Becoming a Citizen Activist.
“In this unusual and original book, Frederick Kaufman tells the history of money in its double guise as a medium of exchange and a symbol of value. In its first form it strives for fixity, but as a symbol of our fluctuating hopes, fears, and desires, fixity perpetually eludes it. Being a measure of our freedom to dream, money can never be given a fixed value in a free society. Required bedtime reading for central bank governors tasked with ‘controlling the money supply.’” —Robert Skidelsky.