Comments from Smart People

From Prof. Michael Hudson
“The history of money is critical to understanding the greatest problem the third millennium will face. Stephen Zarlenga’s Lost Science of Money provides the needed background for seeing the basic structural issues at work. One of the most valuable things that Zarlenga has done in the book, that is not understood by the Europeans and by most economists is to show how the Greenbacks functioned.”
- Prof. Michael Hudson, University of Missouri, Kansas City; Director, Institute for the Study of Long Term Economic Trends; Author of Super Imperialism, and Debt and Economic Renewal in the Ancient Near East.
Public Radio economics commentator.

From Hugh Downs

“ You are right that I have a long-standing interest in monetary matters…This book looks marvelously helpful and has some stunning historical vistas of the whole concept of media of exchange.”
- Mr. Hugh Downs,
Former “Tonight Show” co-star; decades with ABC News, including co-hosting “The 20/20 Show.” Presently affiliated with the Hugh Downs School of Broadcasting at Arizona State University.
From Florence, Italy
“Thank you for the copy of your chapter on Rome’s money, which I read with great pleasure. I have learnt a lot from it. And I am glad you share my approach in perusing Classical texts.”
- Prof. Emelio Peruzzi,
Author of Money in Ancient Rome (1984); perhaps the finest book on that subject.

From Todd Altman’s Reviews
“Stephen Zarlenga’s groundbreaking, exhaustively researched book — The Lost Science of Money — explodes various myths surrounding both the history and nature of money, and proposes what I believe is a long-overdue reform of our monetary system. Zarlenga makes a compelling argument that most of the world’s economic problems are heavily rooted in the inherently corrupt nature of debt-based, privately-controlled money systems. Under these systems, private banks are allowed to extract enormous amounts of wealth from the global and national economies in exchange for the nothing out of which they create the money they loan….The Lost Science of Money is an absolute must-read for all Americans. Why? Because nothing touches our lives more than money, yet very few of us know much about either the history or nature of money — what little we do know being heavily influenced by the myths and half-truths propagated by debt-money and/or hard-money advocates. This book will help change all that. – The Book That Neither Debt-Money nor Hard-Money Advocates Want You to Read”
- Todd Altman,
Reviewer of books on money

From Chicago
“If Zarlenga’s book had been out there in the 60′s and 70′s we would have known what to have done beyond being flower children.”
- Steven Walsh,
Chicago Educator

From London

“Many thanks for sending me a copy of your stimulating book The Lost Science of Money. I have now managed to work through the volume with great interest and I certainly appreciate the wealth of historical research which has gone into its composition. I have learnt a great deal.”
- G.K. Shaw,
Emeritus Professor of Economics, University of Buckingham, UK
“A full recitation of…what has happened (monetarily) in America can be found in Stephen Zarlenga’s masterpiece, The Lost Science of Money.”“If the farm organizations…would all invest $50 in Stephen Zarlenga’s Masterpiece, The Lost Science of Money, and a smaller amount in our Unforgiven, a clear public policy might emerge, and the Union that Lincoln saved once before might be saved again.”
- Charles Walters,
Executive Editor, ACRES U.S.A.

From The Green Party of England
“This book is timely…The naïve view that money is merely a neutral medium-of-exchange is conclusively demolished…The long held belief in the commodity nature of money is also totally demolished and the damaging effects of this belief through history are analyzed in great detail.”
- Brian Leslie,

Green Economy Working Group of England’s Green Party    Click here to see the whole Review
From Washington DC
“Stephen Zarlenga’s book entitled The Lost Science of Money, is one of the most important books published in the world in the past 200 years. Someday it will be recognized for the classic that it is… reform along the lines Zarlenga recommends could transform the economy of the world into a system that would benefit everyone, not just the monetary plutocrats who preside over the globalistic cannibalism that runs amok today… Stephen Zarlenga has proven once and for all how wrong their assumptions are, how rotten and ill-conceived the present system really is, and how a few basic reforms could make an enormous difference in the life of the people of our nation and the world.”
Richard C. Cook,
former U.S. Treasury official and author of  “Challenger Revealed”
Click to see the whole Review

From Beloit Wisconsin:
“This is an impressive and comprehensive volume detailing the history of money and monetary systems from earliest times up to the present. The Book is chronological and deeply interesting….This history paints a new canvas.”
- John Stoner – for Groundswell Newsletter     (Click to see the whole Review)


From New York City:
“As global(monopol)ization increases its assault on democratic institutions, The Lost Science of Money, eagerly-awaited, is here at last. Stephen Zarlenga’s magnum opus promises to give us all the abundant treasures unearthed by his many years of digging among the ruins of lost civilizations — perhaps in timeto rescue our own…Stephen Zarlenga has broken new ground…He presents his findings in a style that is understandable to the layperson yet based on painstaking research. His conclusions, like Henry George’s, are radical in the best senses of the word: going to the root;
on behalf of liberty and community.”
- Mark A. Sullivan,
President, Council of Georgist Organizations
From Chicago:
“Examining the 3,000-year history of money, Zarlenga argues that economic theory has been used as a tool of class warfare and that a generation has been led astray into market worship.”
- University of Chicago Alumni Magazine, December, 03
From San Francisco:
“I am very impressed with the amount of research you have done,
and I’m sure others will be also.”
- Robert de Fremery,
Lifelong Monetary Researcher and Reformer, formerly with Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, Author of Rights vs. Privileges (1992); and Money and Freedom (1955).

From Canada:
“Congratulations on publishing The Lost Science of Money…There are illuminations on the nature of the banking system in the U.S., and the rest of the world for that matter, which should shock many a lay person like myself who would then come to the ineluctable conclusion that the usurpation of the money power by private interests has been a primary source of world depredation. Once again kudos on this significant contribution to the universe of discourse on the money power!”
- Francis Peddle,
Educator and Attorney; Director, Schalkenbach Foundation
From Washington DC:
“Stephen Zarlenga’s new book is a popular, uncensored presentation of a very large subject…not just a technical tome about the nature of money itself, this is rather a monetary interpretation of history, something that has never been done before. Instead of starting out with modern-day assumptions about money, Zarlenga goes back to the earliest times and lets the story unfold naturally from there.
The book seems destined to become a classic.”
- John Tiffany, American Free Press

From Baltimore:
“That Saturday afternoon session on monetary policy & reform was the first time I felt like I was really understanding the monetary ideas and argumentsbeing presented; you, and your colleagues on the panel, did a nice job  of keeping things clear.”
- Hanno T. Beck, Banneker Center for Economic Justice
From California:
“You have written the book for which I was desperately searching…How you have managed to unearth so much hidden financial history is a source of amazement… It reads like a detective novel, and an exciting one at that! It’s wonderful stuff! Reading your book is like drinking nectar. It remains to be seen if it will light the path to reforms that might save the present incarnation of Western Civilization from destruction. That, in my guesstimation, is your motive. Regardless, the book is excellent. It will become a classic.”
- Dr. Lewis Coleman

From Pittsburgh:
“Monetary reformer Stephen Zarlenga has clearly detailed the processes by which banks control and usurp the natural return to capital, just as landlords control and usurp the natural return to land. Zarlenga cuts through the intrigues of banking by going straight to the principles of an equitable currency system.
His ideas give a clear vision of how money should be issued, how land and money issues interlock, and how land reformers and money reformers
can work together to free humanity.”
- Dan Sullivan,
Director, Center for Local Tax Research

From Chicago:
“Stephen, Received your book (although “book” sounds far too common, I can’t seem to find the right words to express your work’s grandeur). Now I see that money has been corrupted through private individuals usurping a public institution for their own benefit. Hats off! First, for your clear and intelligent exposition,
and secondly, for your courage to present the truth.”
- David Hershey,
Leading Pension Plan Investment Strategist
From Idaho:
“Congratulations on the monumental effort in “The Lost Science of Money,” the completion of which is utterly critical for advancing human understanding. There are many “new age” individuals who raise hope by explaining there is a miraculous raising
of the consciousness of the masses going on…
but consciousness is advanced only with hard mental work, research, study and perseverance.”
- A Financial Specialist

From Gramling, South Carolina

“This book … (is) Highly provocative and highly recommended.”
- Carl Watner,
Editor, The Voluntaryist Newsletter

From Australia:
“A quick ‘read-in’ yesterday night got me hooked quickly… not a book to read in one gulp… but an enormous resource! We will certainly be promoting it; we’re into alternative currencies, community energy exchange networks and such…” Congratulations from the underside (or is it the upperside?) of the world!”
- Jacques Boulet, Manager, Borderlands Co-operative
“It is interesting to compare this book with Progress and Poverty.”
- Chuck Metalitz
Director, Henry George School of Social Science, Chicago

From Indiana:
“Dr. C. recommended a wonderful book called, “The Lost Science of Money” by Stephen Zarlenga. I loved this book. I inhaled it….Zarlenga has written a wonderful summary of the economic history of the Western World…I strongly urge you to read this book.”
- George Blackburne III, Blackburne & Brown Investor Letter

From Washington DC:

“Congratulations Stephen!”
- Douglas Mudd
Smithsonian Institution Numismatic Department

From Zurich’s MONEYMUSEUM:

“Many thanks for your great book. It looks wonderful.
I brought it to Martin B…. and he just kept it !!!….”
- Dr. Jurg Conzett,
Founder, The MONEYMUSEUM and many other important activities.
From an Australian Diplomat:
“The Lost Science of Money took a long while to reach me and I have not
read all of it yet but, Stephen, it is a great contribution to financial and
economic thinking – indeed, one of the greatest contributions I have read in
recent times. The people to whom you have been talking seem equally impressed and I
hope the re-thinking you have stimulated will continue.”
- James Cumes,
Ret. Diplomat, active author, thinker, and originator of VOW (Victory over Want)
From Maine:
“Three cheers for Steve Zarlenga’s The Lost Science of Money. He performs an incredibly valuable service by cogently detailing and exploring the writings and the events of one of the most important issues in any society…(He) makes crystal clear that although long neglected, it is absolutely critical that many more people understand the nature of money…(to achieve) a transition to a rational and fair money system, constituted for the public good and general welfare….He points out reasonable and proven approaches…and specific suggestions. The real problem is the will to act from understanding and the resistance from those benefiting from the current system.”
- R.C. Stuart
From Marion Indianna:
“Well, having actually finished The Lost Science of Money, I will be able to
die a little less frustrated. I am reminded of my experience of many years ago
wading through Fyodor Dostoevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov with this
difference: At least with Dostoevsky I didn’t feel compelled to underline
every other sentence.”
- Daniel Bollhoefer, – A reader I am proud to have.
A “Mini-Review” From Silicon Valley California:

“Incredible book! … Your book is the answer to my prayers… I received a BA in economics from University of California, San Diego…
have been wanting to reconstruct the discipline…to make economics more spiritual, moral, and environmentally friendly in orientation.”
“Now, your book comes along and it is rich with the historical perspective and answers to the questions that I am seeking. Thank you for doing this massive research. I am almost short of breath as to how you have managed to gather so much detail and put it into a coherent — albeit at times complicated — understanding of monetary systems.”
“And, to say that your work is only about “monetary systems” is misleading:
it really is about exposing human games and schemes that,
when insinuated into the population at large,
has this terrible emergent property of poverty, war, deprivation, inequality, and injustice.”
“Your book shows that there is a science to money, based on conscious human design, with best results stemming from wide understanding and open agreement by society at large. And what is most exciting in the understanding of money that you have brought forth, is that it appears to resolve some of the most vexing social problems that have faced humanity. A single human innovation — money and how it is politically established
as a means of exchange — can determine, in one human act of design,
the quality of life for all people. Amazing!”
“The structural design of money can make spontaneous in individual humans, moral and socially responsible action. Getting the money system right can lead to
the alignment of individual and collective action of people.”
-Torrey Byles,
Granada Research, Half Moon Bay, California

From Andre Bruneau, Author if “A Question of Interest”

“Dear Mr Zarlenga, I have just finished reading The Lost Science of
Money and am overwhelmed. Your knowledge, your purity of thoughts and
your humanity are only equaled by your courage. It has been a privilege
to read your work and my only regret is that it was still a work in
progress at the time my own humble effort on an adjoining theme was
published. Many of my errors would have been prevented.”

Finally from a County Chair of the Libertarian Party:

“I want to thank you for your very enjoyable/important book and your other work, website, tapes, etc. You have shed much light on this $ubject for me. A learned friend… has been working with me on ideas for a course at the University of _____ using your book, etc…and I was wondering if you had any ideas on how best to facilitate.
Btw, as a rather silent county chair for the Libertarian Party, I applaud your attempt to
rattle a few cage$. I would love to hear you speak at our State Convention!”
- Dana Snowman -