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Books we've been reading

The PayPal Wars, Eric Jackson

New Money: How Payment Became Social Media, Lana Swartz

Paid: Tales of Dongles, Checks, and Other Money Stuff, Bill Maurer & Lana Swartz

How Would You Like to Pay: How Technology Is Changing The Future Of Money, Bill Maurer

A Global Guide to Fintech and Future Payment Trends, Peter Goldfinch

Alibaba: The House that Jack Ma Built, Duncan Clark

Payment Systems: From the Salt Mines to the Board Room, Dominique Rombure & Alec Nacamuli

Plumbers & Visionaries, Peter Norman


Treasury's War; The Unleashing of a New Era of Financial Warfare, Juan Zarate

Moneyland: Why Thieves and Crooks Now Rule the World and How to Take it Back, Oliver Bullough

The Panama Papers: Breaking The Story of How the Rich and Powerful Hide their Money, Frederik Obermaier

Debt: The First 5,000 Years, David Graeber

Lotharingia: A Personal History of Europe's Lost Country, Simon Winder

The Life and Legend of Sultan Saladin, Jonathan Phillips

Putting Auction Theory to Work, Paul Milgrom

The Undercover Economist, Tim Harford

Economics for the Common Good, Jean Tirole


The Fifth Risk: Undoing Democracy, Michael Lewis

The Power of Currencies and Currencies of Power, Ed. Alan Wheatley

Prisoners of Geography, Tim Marshall

The Almighty Dollar, Dharshini David

The Euro, The Battle for the New Global Currency, David Marsh

The Europeans, Luigi Barzini

Exhorbitant Privilege, Barry Eichengreen

The Battle of Bretton Woods, Benn Steil

The Money Culture, Michael Lewis

Money, Felix Martin

The Legal Concept of MoneySimon Gleeson

MoneyYuval Noah Harari

The Money MachinePhilip Coggan

Whoops!, John Lanchester

Paper PromisesPhilip Coggan

The Ascent of MoneyNiall Ferguson

Too Big to Fail, Andrew Ross Sorkin

Fool's Gold, Gillian Tett

Liar's Poker, Michael Lewis

When Genius Failed, Roger Lowenstein

The Death of Gentlemanly Capitalism, Philip Augur

The Big Short, Michael Lewis

Flash Boys, Michael Lewis

Papers, policy documents and proposals

The Future of Finance, Huw van Steenis, Bank of England

Central Bank Digital Currency: opportunities, challenges and design, Bank of England

Central Bank Digital Currency in an Open Economy, European Central Bank

Report on a Digital Euro, European Central Bank

Central Bank Digital Currencies: foundational principles and core featuresBank for International Settlements

A Retail Payments Strategy for the EU, European Commission

Design choices for central bank digital currencyBrookings Institute

The Shadow Payment System, Dan Awre & Kristin van Zwieten, Oxford Legal Studies

White Paper v.2.0, Libra Association Members

Retail Central Bank Digital Currency: Design Considerations, Rationales and Implications, Reserve Bank of Australia

All about Money in the 21st Century, Bank of Canada

The Rise of Digital Money, ​Tobias Adrian and Tommaso Mancini Griffoli, International Monetary Fund

New Forms of Digital Money, Bank of England

CBDCs: an Opportunity for the Monetary System, Bank for International Settlements

CBDCs for Cross Border Payments, Bank for International Settlements

What you write about and what you say about it is inevitably informed by what you read. Below is a non-exhaustive list of books and texts on subjects that Gottfried Leibbrandt and Natasha de Terán touch on in the book (and a few other adjacent topics) that one or other or both have read, enjoyed and been informed by. 


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