Antonio Michele Rizzotti was born in Tangier International. At the age of two he moved to his ancestral town of Spilimbergo, Italy, with his parents, Giuseppe Rizzotti and Elda Pietrella, and lived there until the age of five. His father immigrated to Montreal Canada and Michael crossed the Atlantic with his mother and sister to join his father a few years later.

In Montreal he attended French school until university. He enrolled at Loyola College in economics. He switched to theology one year later. He graduated with a Bachelor in Arts with a major in theology and a minor in English literature.

He enrolled at the partment de Sciences des Religions at Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM). The department applied a multi-disciplinary approach to the study of religion (phenomenology, sociology, history and anthropology of religion were among the many approaches used). His masters’ thesis L’Interprétation Religieuse de l’Origine Mythique de la Nationalité consisted in showing that the inauguration of monuments in honor of national heroes were civil rituals that  mythologized historic heroes and consecrated political ideology.

He currently lives in Southern California with his wife Michelle.

He’s the author of:  God, Myth, and Metaphor: The Profane Reality of the Goddess.

The Net Age web site was first published in 1999.


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Debbie W., Richmond, CA
Extremely Interesting Read. Deeply researched account of the symbols om the US dollar.
I’ve always been curious about the symbols on the one dollar bill and the little book explains them well. Highly recommend this read.

Peter O., Santa Fe, NM
Good and entertaining… This book is full of historical facts about the symbols on the dollar. You won’t be bored reading it. The author keeps delivering relevant info till the end. And once you’re done reading the book, you’ll never look at the dollar the same way again.

L. K. M., Seattle, WA
Great read! Extremely well researched writing of the history, symbols and makeup of the US currency.
After reading the book you will love the tender you exchange everyday. Highly recommend.

R. S., Santa Monica, CA
Well researched book on the symbols of our currency. Very interesting and revealing aspects behind the history of our currency.

Joanne A., Novato, CA
Everything you ever wanted to know about the one dollar bill. This book explains all the symbols on the one dollar. Who knew it was so detailed? Very interesting!

M.J.B., San Diego, CA
Great Read! Well researched, packed with interesting facts about the US dollar. Quick read.
Highly recommend.

Carl L., San Francisco, CA
If you’re curious as to how the symbols found on the US dollar came to be, look no further than
Michael Rizzotti’s well researched book. In addition to providing the reader with the history and context, the author expands on related subjects such as the Federal Reserve and the dollar’ s evolution to becoming the reserve currency of the world. All in all, a good, well written read.

Ricky I., Palm Desert, CA
Interesting and Detailed. A unique and well researched explanation and interpretation of the symbols we have all seen on ou US dollar. Mr. Rizzotti vividly introduces us to the history of the symbols; and quite interesting interpretations on how and or why these symbols were included on the dollar.