The Secret Symbols of the Dollar Bill: A Closer Look at the Hidden Magic and Meaning of the Money You Use Every Day Paperback – Nov 30 2004
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The Secret Symbols of the Dollar Bill: A Closer Look at the Hidden Magic and Meaning of the Money You Use Every Day
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I found the book interesting but was a bit frustrated by the format. Instead of a regular narrative divided into chapters with subheadings the author has 100 numbered sections of one or more short paragraphs giving the book the look and feel of a rough draft.
The author also has a tendancy to state his point and then simply move on. At the end of the book I had learned several intriguing tidbits but was left wondering 'so what?'.
If you would like to find a way to spend a few hours and pickup a few factoids to toss out then get this book, a dollar bill and a ruler and enjoy. Don't be surprised though if after dazzling your friends by displaying unsuspected triangles and pointing out the repetitions of various numbers and symbols if you are not asked what is the point to all this.
However, reading it isn't easy. I understand the logic of how the information is organized, but this isn't an easy book to read.
The author gets top marks for thorough and interesting research. I can confirm that most (not all) of his information is accurate and historically founded.
However, the book is best for people like me who are familiar with the subject or don't mind flipping from one section of a book to another, putting the pieces together, in context.
There are noticeable gaps in his explanation. The author gives a translation of the phrase which adorns the pyramid on the back of the dollar, "annuit coeptis," ("He favors our undertaking"), but does not provide a translation of the other Latin phrase, "Novus Ordo Seclorum"! It means "New Order of the Ages."
The book overinflates the symbolism of the dollar bill. The author devotes a great deal of space on the number 13 in the Great Seal. He raises issues of numerology and other possible meanings, to explain its meaning, but only once, in a fleeting reference, does he mentions the obvious: The number 13 refers to the original thirteen colonies. The "secret meaning" is as simple as that.
This book may be a good start to the mystic meaning of the dollar bill for the reader to begin their own independent research. As for a book that can be used for future reference, it is basically useless.