(106 pages, $2.99 Kindle Short, 2012, ISBN 978-0-9849362-1-2) by Matthew Bishop and Michael Green, published by The Economist Newspaper Ltd., available for Kindle.
This is a quick read of the history of gold as money throughout history. It is a chronicle of the many booms and busts that have resulted as even the wisest of men attempted to put a value on the yellow metal in order to tie it to their countries’ currencies. The pros and cons of owning gold are given. Spoiler alert: No good answer is given to the title’s implied question beyond gold becoming part of a technology to fairly balance the value of money.