This new book (which now has gone to the designer -- hooray!) has made me more aware of the weird and amazing world of money --
Where it started
How different phrases got their name
("Dixie," for example, originally came from a ten-dollar-bill, or dix, issued by a very reliable Southern bank!)
How gold became the standard, instead of silver (and was eventually replaced by...nothing at all, by Richard Nixon in the Seventies)
I learned a lot while writing this new book, THE GOLDEN WEST...which, incidentally, will be out this summer from the Kansas City Star book division.
But you can also learn through a new exhibit the Smithsonian started on June 12:
"Stories On Money." Take a look...