Summary of The End of Money
Counterfeiters, Preachers, Techies, Dreamers – and the Coming Cashless Society
Copyright © 2012 by David Wolman
Published by Da Capo Press, a subsidiary of Perseus Books LLC
Goodbye cash, hello e-money! Will you miss all those grimy bills and coins?
Everyone likes money. Yet few understand what money is or what the implications of governments’ eliminating hard currency and making money completely digital would be. Thanks to credit cards, PayPal, online bill paying and other developments, cash is becoming increasingly passé. Wired editor David Wolman examines all aspects of money to explain why physical currency may be a concept whose time has passed. Though the end of cash may not seem likely at present, getAbstract recommends his take on electronic currency to all those who seek a better understanding of the future direction of money.
In this summary, you will learn
- What forms money can take,
- What the disadvantages of physical currency are,
- Why some people advocate using only digital money and
- How electronic money can help poor people in developing nations improve their lives.
About the Author
David Wolman is a contributing editor for Wired. A former Fulbright journalism scholar in Japan, he has written for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Time and Nature.
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