Um, I don't know. I think this book could have been a lot better. I know they're "essays" or whatever, but I just felt like they weren't very fleshed out. He doesn't always explain things completely, like he made it sound like there was no president at all between Andrew Jackson and William Henry Harrison. It kind of threw me off and I had to go reread it to make sure that I just didn't miss it. He could've dedicated, like, half a sentence to the election & presidency of Martin Van Buren , especially when he quotes people at length (and occasionally past when it becomes necessary). It just seems like, even though the book had no connecting thread or idea through it (besides money, which, come on, is a huge subject), even if you took the essays by themselves, they were wanting.
Despite that, I did like the writing style and the way he presented information so maybe this was just not his shining work. I'll probably read something of his some time that's a little more highly rated.