Biography Of The Dollar.

Craig Karmin



Will the sun set on the greatest currency in the history of the world?

For decades the dollar has been the undisputed champ. It’s not only the currency of America but much of the world as well, the fuel of global prosperity. As the superengine of the world’s only superpower, it’s accepted everywhere. When an Asian company trades with South America, those transactions are done in dollars, the currency of international business. 

But for how much longer? Economists fear America is digging a hole with an economy based on massive borrowing and huge deficits that cloud the dollar’s future. Will the buck be eclipsed by the euro or even China’s renminbi? Should Americans worry when the value of the mighty U.S. dollar sinks to par with the Canadian “loonie”? Craig Karmin’s in-depth “biography” of the dollar explores these issues. It also examines the green-back’s history, allure, and unique role as a catalyst for globalization, and how the American buck became so almighty that $ became perhaps the most powerful symbol on earth. 

Biography of the Dollar explores every aspect of its subject: the power of the Federal Reserve, the inner sanctums of foreign central banks that stockpile the currency, and the little-known circles of foreign exchange traders that determine a currency’s worth. It traces the dollar’s ascendancy, including one incredibly important duck-hunting trip and the world-changing Bretton Woods Conference. 

With its watermark, color-shifting inks, and a presidential portrait that glows under ultraviolet light, the dollar has obsessed foreign governments, some of which have tried to counterfeit it. Even Saddam Hussein, who insisted on being paid in euros for oil, had $750,000 in hundred-dollar bills when captured. Yet if a worldwide currency has enabled a global economy to flourish, it’s also allowed the United States to owe unbelievable, shocking amounts of money—paying hundreds of millions of dollars every single day just in interest on foreign debt; that’s raised concerns that the dollar standard may not be sustainable. 

Any threat to the dollar’s privileged status would do much more than hurt American pride. It would mean U.S. companies and citizens would not be able to borrow at the low rates they have become accustomed to. The dollar’s demise would impact the rest of the world, too, boosting the costs of trade and investment if no other currency was able to play the same crucial role. Ultimately the dollar system may weaken, but it should endure—a while longer, at least; it’s in few people’s interest to see it fail, and there is still no credible alternative.

Biography of the Dollar is must reading for anyone who wants to understand what truly makes the world go ’round—and whether it will continue to spin the way we want it to.

What will you learn from this book

  1. Historical Evolution: The book may provide a historical account of the U.S. dollar, tracing its evolution from its early days to its current status as a global reserve currency.

  2. Role in Global Finance: It could explore the U.S. dollar's pivotal role in the international financial system and its impact on global trade, finance, and economic stability.

  3. Political and Economic Influences: The book might discuss how political and economic factors, both domestic and international, have shaped the value and status of the U.S. dollar.

  4. Impact on Foreign Policy: The U.S. dollar's significance in foreign policy and its influence on diplomatic relations may be a key theme, including its role in sanctions and international negotiations.

  5. Dollarization: The concept of dollarization, where countries adopt the U.S. dollar as their official currency, might be explored, along with its implications for those nations.

  6. Reserve Currency Status: The book could delve into the factors that contribute to the U.S. dollar's status as the world's primary reserve currency and the advantages and challenges associated with this role.

  7. Currency Markets: It might provide insights into the dynamics of currency markets and the factors that impact the value of the U.S. dollar relative to other currencies.

  8. Inflation and Monetary Policy: The book may discuss how inflation and U.S. monetary policy influence the value and perception of the dollar both domestically and internationally.

  9. Dollar's Symbolism: Exploring the symbolism of the U.S. dollar beyond its economic role, including its cultural significance and representation of American power and influence.

  10. Challenges and Future Prospects: The book could address the challenges and potential future scenarios for the U.S. dollar, considering factors such as economic shifts, digital currencies, and geopolitical changes.

Language English
ISBN-10 9780307339867
No of pages 263
Font Size Medium
Book Publisher Crown Business
Published Date 26 Feb 2008

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