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From shells to Bitcoin: The History of Money with author Frederick Kaufman

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Tuesday, December 1, 2020
Classic South


Learn about the history of money and how we got to today's Wall Street, from journalist and professor Fred Kaufman as he discusses his scintillating, delightful book "The Money Plot: A History of Currency's Power to Enchant, Control, and Manipulate." Kaufman delves into the past 65,000 years to demystify the concept of money, referencing everything from Bachelier’s The Theory of Speculation and Sir Isaac Newton to Kim Kardashian’s Instagram account and the "Planet of the Apes" movie. How much would George Washington be worth today? When were (gulp) human skulls used as currency? What is the futures market and does it affect the pandemic? Find out!


Free virtual event via Zoom, presented by the Georgia Center for the Book at Decatur Public Library.
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