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Worshiped by Tea Party politicians but loathed by sane economists, gold has influenced American monetary policy and has exerted an irrational influence on the national psyche for centuries. It is an existential quest that extends to today, as millions of investors remain entranced by the metal and as right-wing presidential candidates present it as the antidote to our economic woes. Acclaimed author James Ledbetter traces the origins of our national obsession, revealing how gold's sacred status dates from precolonial days when conquistadors fanatically searched the New World for the gilded city of El Dorado. From William Jennings Bryan's legendary Cross of Gold speech of 1896 to FDR's ban on private gold ownership to Nixon's 1971 decision to float the dollar and detach it from gold, Ledbetter's "really superb treatment" (Julian Zelizer) expertly explores the controversies around this hallowed metal, investigating for the first time what our centuries-long fixation ultimately reveals about the American identity.
©2017 James Ledbetter (P)2017 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books
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2 out of 5 stars
Von Reto Am hilfreichsten 06.09.2017

Loooong......

To be honest, i love long audio books.... this one is a very very very long book... man, i have never before listen to a book such length...

I haven`t done any research about the writer, but Mr. Ledbetter could be a politician, an "Keynesian" Government Official or a very nato, fed and government conform journalist... soooo many words and nothing relay said, man this was a wast of time... it felt like an very, very, very long article in a "lifestyle magazine"

If you are like me and have no clue about Gold the monetary system and such, you expect to learn something... but after 14 hours i know as much as i knew before.... just that Gold is from yesterday and will never come back as a base of currencies... but maybe my brain just switched of and i missed too much while listening... ah, and there is America..... u know that place? its the center of the universe....

The reader was excellent - if he hadn't`t be, i would have stoppt and never listened to the end - thank you Mr. Yen!

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