The Brotherhood of Money: The Secret World of Bank Note Printers Hardcover – Import, 1 Oct 1983
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I recently had an opportunity to interview the retired executive director of the Bank of Austria. He mentioned this book and remarked how wonderful it is.
Bob Leuver, former director of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing told me one time that he really liked the book. Altogether this is a very important book in this field.
A let down. The Brotherhood of Money is dull and slackly organized. I obtained a copy through inter-library loan, only to find a lot of in-groupy back and forth anecdotes about gaining and losing contracts to print banknotes interspersed with reports of the social milieux of those involved in the industry--a seamy, incestuous collection of displaced insiders with government connections. There is some now antiquated data about technical matters, and Bloom recapitulates parts of his two earlier, more satisfactory titles, Money of Their Own and The Man Who Stole Portugal; but if you have the money to spend for this book, you're better off with Bender's.
Well, almost. If you do go that route, you must read Bender in German. That John Wiley would publish a translation as absurd, stilted, and awkward as the one in Moneymakers makes one wonder if anyone at the venerable house of Wiley even read it. The English is appalling, although the information, which is sometimes interesting and sometimes requires one to slog through, seems authoritative.