Saturday, July 11, 2009

Book: The Art of Making Money

I recently listened to the audiobook version of "The Art of Making Money." This non-fiction book is about a talented counterfeiter who created fakes of the new 1996 $100 bill that were so good they fooled the experts. The quality of his paper was second only to a "super bill" that was possibly being printed by North Korea. It's a new book and currently has 5 (of 5) stars from only 6 Amazon reviewers.

I enjoyed the book, but found my emotional support for the protagonist to swing wildly with the curves of his life adventure. In the end, I had no sympathy for him and was glad to hear that he's back in prison.

Here's a short article from the Time magazine web site about the book. Here's a book review from

It's an interesting read if you're interested in how a dropout from the projects of Chicago went on to counterfeit the new features, including the microprinting, embedded strips, iodine testing pens, and color shifting ink. But the stories of his horrible youth and family conditions were quite depressing.

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