The US dollar moves the world. It makes the United States of America the world's only superpower. But things weren't always as they are now. The British pound was the world's premier international currency, much up to the first half of the twentieth century. And then things changed and the dollar became the international currency that every country in the world wanted. What made these pieces of green paper so powerful? What role did Hitler have to play in it? Why does the United States have the privilege of the dollar as the global currency? Vivek Kaul answers these and many more questions in the second book in the Easy Money series.
VIVEK KAUL has worked in senior positions at the Daily News and Analysis (DNA) and The Economic Times. He is the author of four books, including the bestselling Easy Money trilogy on the history of money and banking and how that caused the financial crisis that started in 2008 and is still on. India's Big Government: The Intrusive State and How It Is Hurting Us, his fourth book, was published in January 2017. Kaul is a regular columnist for Mint, BBC, Dainik Jagran, Firstpost, Bangalore Mirror and the Deccan Herald. He has also appeared as an economics commentator on BBC, Mirror Now, CNBC Awaaz and NDTV India. He is a regular guest on 'The Seen and the Unseen', one of India's most popular podcasts. He speaks regularly on economics and finance and has lectured at IIM Bangalore, IIM Indore, IIM Kozhikode, IIM Visakhapatnam, NMIMS and the Symbiosis Institute of Media and Communication, among others. Kaul lives in Mumbai and loves to read crime fiction in his free time.
***The triology is so good that I have signed up for a course in economics****. Vivek has weaved the story in such a great manner that people who have never read economics ever would get everything that he explains.
This book describes evolution of money after first world war to the dot com bust. Many things are explained in a very interesting way like hedge funds, OPEC, role of Saudi Arabia in maintaing dollar as the internation currency etc. If you want to understand the history of money and financial systems evolution during this time period this is the best book. It's also relevent for stock investors.