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Moneymakers: The Secret World of Banknote Printing [Hardcover]

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This book is about the most precious piece of paper we know, about bank-notes. Modern life would be unthinkable without them. Yet, the general public is kept very much in the dark about how they are made or who makes them. It is rarely known, for example, that despite America's technical Prowess all dollar bills are printed exclusively on German high-security printing presses using secret Swiss special inks, or that the phony 100 dollar bills, the so-called supernotes may well be printed in a top-secret printing works located just north of the white House and run by the CIA - although the US government is blaming the rogue government of North Korea for counterfeiting these bills. This book is finally lifting the veil on an industry used to absolute secrecy. It recounts the stories of a British banknote printer who, fearing the loss of his customer, informed the Egyptian secret service that the securities printing machinery the Egyptians were about to buy was of Jewish origin; of a private printer who convinced the Polish central bank that it should destroy a complete series of new, perfect banknotes which had been printed by a competitor, or of an Argentinean high-security printer who came to print genuine fake bank-notes for Zaire and Bahrain as a result of two sting operations, which smell of the Belgian and French secret service.

Moneymakers, by offering a detailed view of the banknote industry and its modus operandi, removes the industry's carefully imposed shroud of secrecy. This book has been researched over a five-year period in Europe, the USA, and Latin America. The book is based exclusively on personal Interviews and confidential mate4rial normally not accessible to outsiders. There were attempts to stop this research project.

Klaus W. Bender has peered behind the scenes of the Secret and exclusive world of the moneymakers. - Financial Times Deutschland, 2004

The errors and pitfalls at the birth of the euro make Bender's research so unnerving. - Suddeutsche Zeitung, 2004

Bender does not mince his words when he describes abuses - and there are lots of them. - Neue Zurcher Zeitung, 2004

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Item Specifications...

Pages   316
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1.25" Width: 6.5" Height: 9.5"
Weight:   1.45 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   May 15, 2006
Publisher   Wiley-VCH
ISBN  352750236X  
ISBN13  9783527502363  

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More About Klaus W. Bender

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Klaus W. Bender is an economist and journalist with 30 years experience as a foreign correspondent for the "Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung" (FAZ), Germany's leading daily paper. From an office in Tokyo, he has covered East Asia; from Rome, the Mediterranean basin; from Vienna, the Eastern European countries in transition. Further, in the run-up to the birth of the euro, since the 1990s he has been investigating the situation of the banknote industry and its problems. As a result, in the year 2000 he discovered and broke the story of the misprinting of more than 300 million 100-euro bills by the officially appointed printer in Germany. The story went around the world. Additionally, he was the first journalist to report on the unfolding economic difficulties of the Bundesdruckerei in Berlin, the then highly respected state printing plant of the DM bills, as it was about to be privatized.

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Very Interesting Story - Real Page Turner   Apr 8, 2008
Who would of thought the story about bank notes would be so interesting. I very shrouded industry with unique business practices. Recommended for anyone interesting in finance, economics, money or banking.
This book reads like a thriller  May 17, 2006
At first glance you would be forgiven for thinking that a book about banknotes will be a dry read. Well, think again. Klaus Bender has achieved the impossible - this book grips like a thriller from page one. The author, clearly an expert in his subject and an accomplished writer, manages to reveal hidden aspects of this arcane art on almost every page.

I was astonished at some of the revelations and am amazed that more are not in the public domain. The history of the banknote is fascinating but even more interesting is the development of the printing processes and the international political intrigue which underpins the industry. For anyone interested in researching this subject, who needs a reference book which is bang up to date, or simply wants to deepen their understanding of this mysterious industry The Moneymakers is a must-read.

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