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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on September 17, 2012
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This is a very well written, easy to understand (hey, I did) and well reasoned book on the dangers of the path we are headed down. Should be mandatory reading for politicians and voters. Gives a concise history of currency wars of the recent past as well as a compelling account of the one which is ongoing and the likely consequences of it. I was looking for something that would give the big picture of what was happening, not just in the U.S. but globally, and this book gave me that perspective while still being understandable to someone not in the finance/economics field. Necessary concepts are well explained. I can not recommend this book highly enough for someone who is concerned about the direction of the economy but wants a broader perspective than you get from a media sound bite.
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on October 24, 2013
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If you are already familiar with the currency markets and that the Western banks are now in a currency war then this book may not surprise you. His report on the war game was interesting.

The section on the collapse of complex societies was very interesting, especially his suggestion that in order to avoid collapse we should simplify by devolving Federal power down to the States. This I combine with Mark Levine's idea to amend the US Constitution to revive the American Republic which on its current course is on a death march.

Unless the US changes course it is heading straight into economic and social catastrophe. Both major parties are leading the march of the collective mass minded over the edge of the cliff.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Financial counselor, investment banker and risk manager James Rickards believes that every dollar, euro and yuan tells a story, and their stories could have an unhappy ending. His work for the US government as a consultant on world finance gives him an unparalleled view into the imminent threats financial terrorism poses to the US dollar and to global capital markets. Rickards uses dramatic prose, historical references and geopolitics to create an instructive, but sometimes plodding and even overheated, tale about currencies, gold and the international foreign exchange markets. Rickards follows the money and draws a clear link between cash and conflict. getAbstract says readers who travel with him are in for an intriguing ride.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 19, 2013
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As an expert, Rickards worked with the Pentagon on war games simulating economic warfare on a global scale. He explains how governments use central banks to manipulate the value of their currency, describes two former currency wars (1921 to 1936, and 1967 to 1987), explains the details about why and how they occurred, and discusses mistakes made while trying to limit their harmful effects. Rickards warns about drastic consequences of another currency war that has already begun, involving the American government and Federal Reserve. He concludes that fiat currency always causes inflation and that returning to a gold standard will stabilize both local and global economies.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 20, 2013
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I had been through a lot of books about the economic collapse and challenges facing dollar and fiat currencies, almost all of theses books are just repeating the same thing and giving same information and studying the problem from the same point of view.

That book is different the writer had analyzed the situation from a completely different vision and aspects.I am Egyptian and my country is a perfect example to what he is discussing in the book I can see his vision and analysis happening in front of me every day , I believe one day America will be in the same situation, of course for different reasons but without different results. That book is a must read.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on October 23, 2014
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It's difficult to take this book seriously at times. Rickards provides a solid, if not extremely hand-chosen, account of crisis history. He basically upholds the perfection of a gold standard based on history, while ignoring the fact that other standards were in place during the time periods he claims were "prosperous" and "free of crisis" because of a gold standard. Not only did the 18th and 19th centuries see plenty of bubbles and financial crisis, bimetallism (gold and silver) was common for a good chunk of that time in multiple countries. In fact, some of that time gold was absent completely, with silver playing a larger role.

On a positive note, however, his discussion of emerging markets post-crisis was worth reading, as well as his introduction to complexity theory.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on February 17, 2013
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The best compliment that I can give this book is that it brings awareness to the problem. The book strayed much to far into the weeds on to many occasions, and needed some desperate editing. The first chapter "about the war games" read more like a fictional book with to much meaningless character building.

The four ultimate scenarios near the end of the book were informative, but I would have liked to hear from the author as to which scenario he most believes we will fall into. The last chapter about Iran was interesting, but it seemed anticlimactic after the armageddonish title "Currency Wars". I wish the author had given us more about who is doing what to whom and why.

I did discover that the author has a blog and is pushing silver sales. I guess everyone has an agenda through their writing.
I just wish that there was a more definitive opinion to be read.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on December 18, 2011
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There are only two financial sages I follow on Twitter and Jim Rickards is one of them. His truth telling spreads the blame evenly and dispassionately among the dullards, ideologues, and crooks from Wall Street to Washington. It's also a call for Joe American to wake up and take responsibility to regain what little economic freedoms are left in America and bring accountability to national leadership. Will we continue to rely on the time tested values of personal responsibility or the usurpation of our free market traditions by a few who have direct (and corrupted) access to political centers of power ? Mr. Rickard's book provides a guide to at least understand the challenges, if not point us in the right direction.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon April 19, 2013
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This is one of those books that absolutely blows your mind how accurate an expert can be and living through this current mess, you know his next chapter will be about the recent Japanese Yen devaluation. "A race to the bottom" is about all you can say about how all major nations are devaluing their currency to try to prop up their economic activity.The thing I enjoyed about this book is that it's part history (very well written) and then the author gives you a glimpse of the future (which is where the real value is). In summary, I would recommend this book strongly and highly encourage you to invest time reading.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 13, 2013
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If you are going to talk about money, then better read up on Austrian school economics.

Mainstream economists love to refer to "the velocity of money". which by their definition, is a unitless number.
Velocity, by its very definition, is a function of time. So if they want to make utterances about the velocity of money, then it should be in terms of dollars per man per day/hour/minute.

Their definition cannot even be measured in any meaningful sense, It is utter garbage.

However, a collapse of the currency system is on the cards, and it is going to be very painful.
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