Book Club

The Book Club meets once a month at 10am (on the 3rd Friday of the month) in the Church Library to review and discuss books of high interest. Everyone is invited to attend.

The club chairmen are: Peter Philip (201-666-0105) and Jon Sterling (201-967-7950.

Book Club News

As per our tradition, there will be no Book Club meeting in December 2021.

We wish you and your family a very Happy Holiday Season!

The next Book Club meeting is scheduled for Friday January 21, 2022 at 10:00am at  the Church as usual.

This month we will read "Money: The True Story of a Made-Up Thing" by Jacob Goldstein.

Our discussion will be led by Syd Robertson.

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Money only works because we all agree to believe in it. In Money, Jacob Goldstein shows how money is a useful fiction that has shaped societies for thousands of years, from the rise of coins in ancient Greece to the first stock market in Amsterdam to the emergence of shadow banking in the 21st century.

 

At the heart of the story are the fringe thinkers and world leaders who reimagined money. Kublai Khan, the Mongol emperor, created paper money backed by nothing, centuries before it appeared in the west.

John Law, a professional gambler and convicted murderer, brought modern money to France (and destroyed the country's economy). The cypherpunks, a group of radical libertarian computer programmers, paved the way for bitcoin.

 

One thing they all realized: what counts as money (and what doesn't) is the result of choices we make, and those choices have a profound effect on who gets more stuff and who gets less, who gets to take risks when times are good, and who gets screwed when things go bad.

 

Lively, accessible, and full of interesting details (like the 43-pound copper coins that 17th-century Swedes carried strapped to their backs), Money is the story of the choices that gave us money as we know it today.