Wednesday, Dec 16, 2020 6:00p -
Business, History, Kid Friendly, Lectures & Conferences, Virtual & Streaming
Learn about the history of money & how we got to today's Wall Street, from journalist and Professor Fred Kaufman as he discusses his scintillating, delightful book The Money Plot with the Boston Athenæum.
As the global pandemic reminds us of how fragile our economic infrastructure truly is, author Frederick Kaufman delves into the past 65,000 years to demystify the concept of money, and see through the fog of modern finance with his new book The Money Plot: A History of Currency's Power to Enchant, Control, and Manipulate. 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!
A frequent media commentator, including on MSNBC, Bloomberg, CNN, and an address to the United Nations General Assembly, Kaufman tackles the complex history of money, beginning with the earliest myths and wrapping up with Wall Street’s byzantine present-day doings.