Every once in a while we come across a new book that we think will be of interest to the payments professionals among our readership. (Note: you can find a selection of all of our prior book recommendations in our PaymentsNews Bookstore on Amazon.com).Today, we've got a new recommendation for you to consider - and it's ideally suited to summer vacation reading. The Art of Making Money: The Story of a Master Counterfeiter by Jason Kersten extends an article that he wrote in 2005 for Rolling Stone about master counterfeiter Art Williams.
The book "details how Williams painstakingly defeated the anti-forging features of the New Note, how Williams and his partner-in-crime wife converted fake bills into legitimate tender at shopping malls all over America, and how they stayed one step ahead of the Secret Service until trusting the wrong person brought them all down. A compulsively readable story of how having it all is never enough, The Art of Making Money is a stirring portrait of the rise and inevitable fall of a modern-day criminal mastermind."
It's a great read! Also available in a Kindle edition from Amazon.com. If you're interested in learning more about the book, you should listen to this excellent interview of the author by KQED's MIchael Kransny last week and this article on Time.com.