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This review is from: Follow the Money: A Month in the Life of a Ten-Dollar Bill (Paperback)
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Imagine going to the corner shop but as well as coming out with the morning paper you also find that you have acquired a complete stranger you informs you that he is going to follow around until you pass on the ten pound note that you received in your change for the newspaper. I'm fairly sure that if that ever happened to me the stranger would immediately be classified as an oddball and would therefore be firmly instructed to "go away"(or words to that effect). It would appear though that the citizens of Kansas, Arkansas, Illinois, Missouri and Michigan must be a far more tolerant bunch than me because when Steve Boggan decided to follow the progress of a ten dollar bill around the States for thirty days he received almost complete co-operation, although in some cases he was kept at arm's length by those who probably agreed that he was an oddball but were too polite to ask him to go away.
Although this is classified as being a travel book it isn't the places Steve Boggan visited but the people he met during his journey that makes this book a memorable read. Boggan first tenders the ten dollar bill in the small town of Lebanon, chosen because it is the place originally calculated as being the centre of the USA. I personally thought that this was an odd place to start this adventure, surely Wall Street, the financial capital or Fort Worth, where dollar bills are printed, would have been a more fitting choice, but that is one of the few things that I could criticise this book about. I'm not sure if Boggan was lucky or whether it is because they are written about in an extremely skilful manner, but each person that receives the ten dollar bill has an interesting story to tell and each of their stories gives the reader a remarkable insight into the lives of the ordinary American. Not only that, but in doing so, we learn a great deal more about modern-day America than we would ever find out from television news or the national press.
Steve Boggan deserves a pat on the back for turning what doesn't seem the most promising scenario (I only decided to read it because of the eye-catching cover) into an engrossing book.