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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Canada (May 8 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 030736089X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307360892
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 14.2 x 2.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 422 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #47,479 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Ian Robertson TOP 100 REVIEWER on May 21 2012
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Former CIBC World Markets Chief Economist Jeff Rubin has followed up his debut bestseller 'Why Your World Is About To Get A Whole Lot Smaller' with a solid, similarly themed book. Like most best-selling economists, Rubin weaves together facts, economic theory and his own views to tell a compelling story, though his story is quite different than others'.

Rubin begins with the basics, including a brief overview of fiscal and monetary policy, monetarists and Keynesians, and economic growth. That out of the way, he then tells us that today's economic (i.e. deficit financing and easy money) policies are counterproductive because they will lead to soaring debts and rising inflation. With apologies to Rogoff and Reinhart, this time it really is different: the end of cheap oil is behind us; economic growth will stop; and in a static economy, only one half of the debt-to-GDP ratio will be going up -- the wrong half. When growth comes to a standstill, persuading creditors to keep financing government deficits will become a hard sell. Government policies and current lifestyles predicated on economic growth fueled by cheap oil are misdirected and outdated, respectively, and will be forced to change.

Digressing from his central premise a bit, Rubin notes that in countries where another round of bailouts would mean taxpayers become de facto owners of banks, outright nationalization could be the end result. In separate asides, but surprising for a former banker, Rubin agrees that putting investment bankers on civil service salaries might actually bring about the types of reforms needed in the financial services industry, and that if financial institutions are now too big to fail, the solution seems simple: make them smaller.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Nino B on June 17 2012
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I really enjoyed his insight and how he placed all of the macro economic factors in coming up with the causes of our current problems. The conclusion that 'high oil prices are the best way for the world to correct itself' is a little scary and I wish intelligent people (like him) would provide more advice on what to do in the short and mid terms. Certainly worth reading though.
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By Nunavut on July 19 2014
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I'm a strong advocate for the environment, but I also understand that oil is key is to how we live our modern lives.

One can't help but feel pity for Mr. Rubin getting it wrong. There is no end to growth – just a slowdown. You might say, who knew where things were headed when he wrote this book back in 2012. But it's only been 2 years, and world finances have rebounded immensely; and there's lot of cheap shale oil to go around.

Maybe Mr. Rubin should try offering paths to what might happen, instead of saying it will.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Beauchesne on Oct. 22 2012
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If you have an interest in energy, finance, geopolitics and you followed the news in the last 5 years, I would say that you already know about 85 % of the content of the book. What is more appealing in this book is that all facts and events are united to give an overview of the actual situation (with a possible overcome for the future).

Overall, it's worth the reading and gives perspective to a complex matter.
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I enjoy reading this book. It's worth it to pay for it. I do have one issue with what the author wrote that the cause for Arab Spring is unemployment and starvation. I don't think he was right about it. US and Europe have unemployment and starvation, so why they don't have some US or Europe spring?
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