James P. Bevill, author and expert on many different aspects of money, will be speaking about his award-winning book The Paper Republic in Bennett Auditorium, October 20, 2011 at 6:30 p.m.
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About Bevill
Jim Bevill has spent his career in the financial services industry since graduating Magna Cum Laude from the University of Houston-Clear Lake in 1983. He is a First Vice President Investments in the River Oaks office of UBS Financial Services. He is the author of The Paper Republic: The Struggle for Money, Credit and Independence in the Republic of Texas, a non-fiction work on the social and economic history of Texas from the colonial period through the annexation by the United States in 1845.

His book was named as the 2010 winner of the Summerfield G. Roberts literary award by the Sons of the Republic of Texas, and was named as the Best Specialized Book on U.S. Paper Money by the Numismatic Literary Guild at the ANA's World's Fair of Money in Boston, August 2009. He is a frequent lecturer on financial topics. Jim lives in Houston, Texas with his wife, Jodie.

About The Paper Republic
Although the stirring story of the Texas revolution has been told many times from a military standpoint, now Bevill deftly takes the reader on a tour of the financial instruments issued to fund the Texian war machine. He combines a detailed numismatic history of each piece of coin and currency used in the Republic with the stories of the colorful individuals and the creative credit schemes that made it possible for Texas to first survive and later flourish.

As Bevill reveals the history of each piece of paper, he explores the personalities involved, clarifies the roles in the new government, and reveals the inner workings of a precarious financial system. The issuance of promissory notes kept the revolutionary government afloat until the dramatic funding of a lifesaving loan from land speculators in New Orleans in April 1836. The paper promises chronicled in The Paper Republic create a verifiable trail of many of the most significant people and events in Texas history: visionary kings, obsessive dictators, crooked politicians, counterfeiters, printers, Texas Presidents, treasury officials and forgotten heroes. The Paper Republic is the first book to tell the important story of the epic struggle for money, credit and independence in the Republic of Texas. For Texans, numismatists and everyone in the financial industry, it offers an essential understanding about the role money plays in government and history. The real story behind a legendary part of American history, The Paper Republic is the story of a debt crisis eerily similar to the headlines today.

Courtesy of Bright Sky Press.

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