Quite a deep book for those new to gold and monetary history, but an essential read for anyone wishing to understand what money really is, what it means to us, and the enormous privilege that comes from being the monopoly issuer of money (eg - a central bank).
Ferdinand Lips is still a highly respected in monetary history and economic circles, and this book is a ripping yarn of the history of gold, money, printing paper money and the all too human mismanagement of it.
Perhaps not the perfect book to get started on this journey with, but a second or third read for elevating your understanding rapidly again. You might find 'End the Fed' by Ron Paul a better start, and also an excellent book.
Having read this you will really understand what currency wars are, and why gold has been the bane of the central planners, central bankers and the greater financial authorities when they have tried to fight it and rewrite certain almost 'gravitational laws' of economics.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, read it over a weekend, and have bought copies for many friends and contacts. I have even reviewed it on my website [...] Enjoy a great and timeless read that many greats of the gold market still pay homage to!