Subtitled The History of an American Way to WeaLth this traces the (known) exploits of the great fraud makers from the days when the American Indians unloaded the first batch of phoney wampum on the White Man. It sort of started way back before then when you had to beware of Greeks bearing coins but the American art form came into its heyday in the 1800's. In fact with wildcat banks making their own notes of issue and currency in a state of flux, the situation worsened to the point where the Secret Service was formed to combat it, under the direction of one William P. Wood who subsequently established a shady relationship with ""Long Bill"" Brockway, an inspired, previously convicted, counterfeiter. Then there was Emmanuel Ninger, a true artist who didn't even need plates, and finally the U.S. itself in an attempt to undermine enemy currency during the Wars. It all smacks of nostalgia for a way to wealth not in fashion any more and the bad check boys of today Just don't have the cachet. A small denomination book, possibly a gift for friendly bank tellers?