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Beating the Bear: Lessons from the 1929 Crash Applied to Today's World Hardcover – July 14, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0313382147 ISBN-10: 031338214X

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 206 pages
  • Publisher: Praeger (July 14, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 031338214X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0313382147
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,459,500 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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• Presents a new perspective on the stock market crash of 1929 and argues against the belief that the it was a result of a stock market that had reached an unsustainable high-point

• Authored by an expert on the Great Depression, this text offers unique, seasoned, and informed insights

• Offers current, relevant information for anyone concerned about the state of the stock and other securities markets

• A bibliography and index are provided to facilitate further research

• Contains practical investment strategies for active financial investors that will help ensure economic survival even in the worst financial conditions

Book Description

What actually caused the economic crisis in the United States in 1929? Why did a similar disaster occur again in 2008-2009? Today's news sources are filled with misinformation about what is happening and why in America's financial world—perpetrating myths and putting people's hard-earned funds at risk.

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Philosopher and novelist George Santayana (1863-1952) once said "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it". For most of us, however, the stock market crash of 1929 and the Great Depression occurred before we were even born. What to do?

Many books and articles have been written on those two cataclysmic events by notable academics, market pundits, and news reporters and many films and documentaries have been produced since then. The underlying theme of the vast majority of such work is that rampant excess speculation on Wall Street during the late 1920s pushed the stock market up to unsustainable heights, making its crash inevitable. The greatest economic depression that followed in its aftermath brought widespread wealth and income devastation not only to the people in America but to the world at large. In heeding Santayana’s advice, there are many lessons to be derived from those dismal times that can be useful in coping with subsequent economic and market upheavals. The problem, however, is that the causes of the 1929 stock market crash that have been generally put forward belong to the realm of mythology. Frankly, if the topic at hand wasn’t as significant to one’s personal economic wellbeing, I wouldn’t mind reading all those exciting, but untrue or partially true, stories.

“Beating The Bear: Lessons from the 1929 Crash Applied to Today’s World” is a formidable and transcendental book which I highly recommend. In short, it is founded on comprehensive and well-researched analysis of the prevailing economic and market conditions in the 1920s and of all the relevant factors and key players (including: U.S. presidents and members of the Congress, Federal Reserve Bank, federal and state regulators, major financial institutions, and U.
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