"This ethnographic account moves from the accounts of shopkeepers to locals managing their money to speculators in the growing market of real estate. In that regard, it demonstrates the flexible line between the legal and illegal, the economy and other value systems, and pre- and postsocialist life in Vietnam's largest city. Recommended."
"[F]ascinating....Truitt's book has laid a strong foundation for future research in this area. Scholars will find the book to be a valuable resource, as well as an excellent text for undergraduate courses. So, too, will general readers, particularly those interested in the complex lives of money is other cultural contexts."
-Ken MacLean, Southeast Asian Studies
"[A] concise, thought-provoking ethnography.... Truitt makes a welcome contribution to both economic anthropology and Asian studies.... Truitt vividly illuminates the diverse imaginaries surrounding money's incarnations in Ho Chi Minh City.... Dreaming of Money in Ho Chi Minh City is reminiscent of classic monographs in economic anthropology.... The book will be crucial reading for Vietnam specialists, economic anthropologists, and other social scientists interested in the cultural dimensions of political economy. With its focus on money, personhood, social relations, and citizenship, it would be an excellent selection for courses in economic anthropology or contemporary Asia."
-Ann Marie Leshkowich, Journal of Asian Studies