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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Portfolio; Reprint edition (Aug. 28 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781591845560
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591845560
  • ASIN: 1591845564
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 2.3 x 21.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 295 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 22 customer reviews
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  “One of the scariest books I’ve read this year. The picture that emerges is dark yet comprehensive and satisfying.” — Bloomberg Businessweek

 “One of the most urgent books of the fall.” — Mike Allen, Politico

  “Let’s hope he’s wrong.” — Financial Times

 “Unsettling…fascinating…a thorough analysis of how nations have manipulated their currencies…with disastrous consequences.” — Fort Worth Star-Telegram

About the Author

James Rickards is a counselor, investment banker, and risk manager with over thirty years' experience in capital markets. He advises the Department of Defense, the U.S. intelligence community, and major hedge funds on global finance, and served as a facilitator of the first ever financial war games conducted by the Pentagon. A frequent guest on CNBC, CNN, Fox, C-SPAN, Bloomberg TV, and NPR, Rickards also lectures at Northwestern University and at the School of Advanced International Studies.
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Highly recommend this book, for anyone who wants to be more aware what is going on in the world, and to understand what money really is, what most people spend so much time trying to acquire, more paper money.
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James Rickards has combined a thought provoking mix of history, economics, current events, and his own experience to produce a fascinating and thought provoking book. As the title suggests, it focuses on the relative value of the US dollar versus other currencies, and the possible and probable outcomes of the current fiscal and monetary policies (the so-called ‘wars’) of major economies. Crisply written with just the right level of theory to prove points without dragging the reader into detailed economic formulas.

Rickards provides an historical overview, drawing important lessons and debunking some myths from the gold standard era, two previous currency war eras (post WWI and 1967-1987), and the recent rise of the G20, globalization and state capital. For example, he debunks the myth that German hyperinflation in 1921 was to devalue war debts; rather it was an effort to spur an export led economic recovery when no other options were acceptable. Lessons abound in thinking of who fared better than whom in that era; debtors, and owners of businesses, real property, and foreign assets far outpaced people on a fixed income or with simple savings accounts. With respect to recent history, Rickards is outstanding in highlighting recent news items such as Gazprom’s shutting the valve on Ukraine’s natural gas lines and China’s and Russia’s statements and actions with respect to developing an alternative reserve currency.

Rickards shows the weaknesses in monetarism and Keynesianism, and then introduces complexity theory, in which increasingly complex systems - societies and financial institutions to name but two - require exponentially higher levels of energy to sustain.
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James Rickards risked looking a bit out in 'left field' when this book was first published. Little did anyone realize that the Central Banks were also operating in 'left field.' A great book to help develop a greater understanding / macro-perspective on global financial markets and currency.
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best explanation of the different forms of gold standards throughout history. I don't usually buy books seeing how this is the 21st century, but this is a must for anyone wanting to know what will happen to fiat currency in the future.
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This is a must read for anyone who wants to clearly understand what is happening to the value of your money and what the various governments are doing to destroy it. If you read no other book about your financial well being, this book must be read. It is not overly complicated and it does not speak at a nonsense PHD level to impress. It is clear, concise and extremely educational. Best read on this timely subject matter by far...
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Very informative. Can't wait for the economic collapse and the end to manipulated markets. Only then can the healing start and the transformation begin that should have happened 7 years ago. And don't forget to read the sequel "The Death of Money".
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This book ,while written a couple of years ago is SOOOO prescient for what is happening today (and tomorrow presumably). I'll be reading it several times. I was schooled in the Keynesian (and a bit Friedman) at university and this book blows several holes through the entire economic "fact" basis on which , all too often, erroneous decisions are being made. A well researched and explained subject matter.
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I didn't find this book to live up to the hype.

Everyone has raved about the content and the author. However, I didn't find it fascinating in any way.

It's not that the information presented is bad, or wrong...

Really, there just a couple of things you need to know about currency. It's the most manipulated asset on the planet. Currency can be what any man wants it to be, and it's perceived value can be changed on a whim to the determent of everyone forced to use it. Ditto for gold... or any other asset for that matter.

I think Jim is just trying to top up his retirement fund by writing quite mediocre books and making rounds in the press promoting them. Most of his calls have been wrong. From his gold @ $5000 an ounce to the fed wants a lower dollar so the Euro will march higher forecasts. Really? Come Jim. Get a real job.

For someone with his background it's hilarious how clueless he is. WOW! Like all economists, and politicians for that matter, their time would be better spent getting a real productive profession that actually contributes to society. It's all make believe.
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