Debut author Ben Tarnoff explores three historical incidents of colorful counterfeiting that entertain as true-crime narratives at the same time as they illuminate America's love affair with an easy illegal buck (especially when rationalized by anti-federalist fervor). The roguish romance of DIY currency, Tarnoff opines, will always be with us.


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Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch is the winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. James Parker calls this Dickensian coming-of-age novel "an enveloping…