An incisive new take on popular economics: follow a dollar around the world for a day

16 May 2017 - 16:55

Elliott & Thompson is delighted to announce its forthcoming publication of The Almighty Dollar: The Hidden Story of How Our World Really Works by economist and former BBC and Sky News presenter Dharshini David.

Greenbacks, singles, bucks or dead presidents: call dollars what you will, more than $1,200,000,000,000 worth of notes are floating around right now – in wallets, in ATMs, under mattresses or in shop tills. And that’s before you count the money held electronically in banks.

But what is really happening as these billions of dollars go around the world every day? In succinct, clear terms Dharshini David lays bare the complexity of the opaque international system. By following $1 from a shopping trip in suburban Texas, via China’s Central Bank, Nigerian railroads, the oil fields of Iraq and beyond, The Almighty Dollar answers questions such as: why is China the world’s biggest manufacturer – and the US its biggest customer? Is free trade really a good thing? Why would a nation build a bridge on the other side of the globe?

Publisher Jennie Condell said: “Dharshini David is a rising star – a born communicator and trained economist who has reported on business and economics stories around the world. This is a future classic: a truly popular book that allows readers with little or no knowledge of economics to grasp the global economy, by means of one simple concept. It is perfect reading for everyone who wants to understand the realities of our globalised world. We are thrilled to be working with Dharshini and to be launching her as a major new voice in non-fiction.”

The Almighty Dollar will be published in hardback in February 2018.


DHARSHINI DAVID is an economist and broadcaster. From 2009 she fronted Sky News’ daily financial coverage from heart of the City, as well as co-presenting the channel’s flagship Sky News Tonight programme. Before joining Sky, Dharshini advised Tesco’s board on broadcast media. Prior to that, she was the face of the BBC’s Wall Street coverage in New York, from where she presented a daily business show, and covered business, economics and consumer issues in London across the BBC, from the BBC1 Ten O’Clock News to Panorama and Radio 4’s Today programme. Dharshini was recruited by the BBC while working on HSBC Investment Bank’s trading floor as its UK Economist. This is her first book.