Coined: The Rich Life of Money and How Its History Has Shaped Us


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Grand Central Publishing
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6.1 X 9.1 X 1.3 inches | 1.1 pounds

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About the Author

Kabir Sehgal is a New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of twelve books such as Coined and Jazzocracy. Among his works are six children's books that he has written with his mother such as The Wheels on the Tuk Tuk and A Bucket of Blessings. A multi-GRAMMY and Latin GRAMMY award-winning producer, he has collaborated with artists such as Chucho Valdés, Arturo O'Farrill, Wynton Marsalis, Ted Nash, and Joey Alexander. Kabir is also a composer and musician who wrote an opera on the European debt crisis. Previously, he worked as a vice president at J.P. Morgan. He is a US Navy veteran and reserve officer who served on active duty with special operations in the Middle East. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College and the London School of Economics.


An exceptional examination of the history of money. Kabir has written an engaging narrative that spans thousands of years and introduces readers to important people who have impacted the chronicle of currency.--Jimmy Carter, Former US President
Sehgal is a tireless and eloquent guide, and knows just how long to stay at each stop.--Financial Times
If you've been waiting for an economic version of Eat, Pray, Love, this may be it.--The New York Times Book Review
"Kabir Sehgal has tackled the topic of money and written a fascinating account that weaves together history, philosophy, and personal anecdotes. He provides insights that are both riveting and thought-provoking."--Walter Isaacson, bestselling author of Steve Jobs and President of the Aspen Institute
"Kabir Sehgal has done us a great service in writing this book. He has presented in this book everything that money has meant to people over the centuries and with a multidimensional perspective. He has prepared the ground for us to take it forward, to give new meaning to money, to assign it new roles in our lives, and imagine the future of money as a foundation upon which we can build the future of the world we all cherish. Thank you, Kabir."--Muhammad Yunus, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Founder of Grameen Bank (from foreword)
"Coined doesn't resemble any of the usual text books on money. For one thing, it's actually fun to read--and Kabir Sehgal will stimulate your thinking about our financial crisis and banking."--Paul Volcker, Former Chair of the Federal Reserve
"Coined is a world history of currency that looks at the different forms money takes across time and across cultures. Mr. Sehgal's anecdotes are wide-ranging and include the birth of exchange in the Galapagos Islands; the art sought after by coin collectors in Vietnam; a tour of the Federal Reserve's vaults in New York; and the way bees trade pollen in the hive."--Bill Clinton, Former US President
"The best things in life are free, but ever since civilization began money has had a profound impact on humanity. Kabir's book brings the story of currency to life and is worth spending a few of your hard-earned coins on."--Sir Richard Branson, Founder, Virgin Group
"Well-written. Clever. Innovative. This amazing book will get you thinking about money in completely new ways. If you want to understand how money has impacted the human condition, for better or worse, and how it will continue to shape our behavior, read this book."--Sheila Bair, Former Chair of the Federal Deposit Corporation
"Kabir Sehgal has created an ideal book for anyone interested in understanding how money has impacted our world. His thought provoking and impressive writing style makes this an enjoyable and educational read."--William H. Rogers, Chairman & CEO, SunTrust Banks