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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 2 edition (August 3, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 047048327X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470483275
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.4 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,260,639 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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When the original edition of Financial Reckoning Day was published early in this decade, many felt that maverick financial writers William Bonner and Addison Wiggin were overly critical of the United States' increasing debt and unfair in their foreshadowing of economic catastrophe.

Fast-forward to 2009, and much of what the authors predicted has come true—high unemployment rates, record-setting foreclosures and bankruptcies, as well as the near global collapse of financial institutions once thought to be so secure.

With Financial Reckoning Day Fallout, Bonner and Wiggin return to reveal even more down-to-earth wisdom and help you chart your own financial destiny in today's precarious investing climate. Expanding upon the ideas they put forth before the current global downturn unfolded, the authors discuss what's behind it all, what's in store, and what you can do to safeguard your investments.

Written in conjunction with the tenth anniversary of the authors' popular financial newsletter—The Daily Reckoning (—this fully updated guide effectively explains that the hazards of democratic consumer capitalism and the financial follies of history are not a thing of the past, but an ongoing issue with no end in sight. Along the way, it also explores what's really going on beneath the surface and outlines the steps you need to take to survive the growing global depression. Topics touched upon throughout these pages include:

  • How the current economic downturn relates to worldwide events from a historical perspective

  • Why high-spending, high-borrowing consumerism "leveraged" the U.S. economy and what you might expect from the global depression ahead

  • What the legacy of Fed chief Alan Greenspan "ought" to be

  • Why Japan's "miracle economy" unexpectedly collapsed and what this example means for us now

Honest and accurate, Financial Reckoning Day Fallout offers you the best chance to protect your assets and grow your portfolio in these difficult financial times.

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58 of 60 people found the following review helpful By deacm on November 18, 2009
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I have followed Bonner over the years and have appreciated his perspective. This book however was a major disappointment. The book just doesn't cover what the title (and subtitle) states that it is going to cover so from the get-go it is misleading. It spends most of its time doing a haphazard and rambling discourse on the economic history of the last 100+ years with wayyy too much time spent on Japan and Greenspan. The title of the book is "Financial Reckoning Day: Fallout"............precious little space is devoted to the current fallout from 2008-2009. Most of the pages are devoted to 1960-2002. It merely covers the ground that we've all heard ad infinitum over the last two years already in the media/CNBC, nothing really fresh at all and more importantly he does NOT spend much time covering the 'Fallout" scenarios yet to come .

The subtitle is "Surviving Today's Global Depression." You would think, therefore, that there would be pages devoted to 'what you can do in such a depression'. You would be disappointed. Only the last page or so even attempts to address that topic but wanders from it immediately. All Bonner states in gloomy repetition can be summarized by the last sentence in the book: "Our advice? Fold 'em, get up from the table before they clean you out'. I was expecting better and more detailed advice and strategies from someone as experienced. The book is a real downer and I got not one good idea from it.
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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Book Lover12 on August 11, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Bonner and Wiggin are great writers and wonderful at relaying what went wrong in the markets and what we can expect from here. I was a fan of Wiggin's book IOUSA and think this one takes those ideas even further.

The book explores the major correction underway in the US market. According to the author's "the feds' efforts to stop the progress of capitalism will have some spectacular consequences." The first edition of the book was right in its assumption that the US market was heading toward tough times, and based on their perceptive research, I believe their latest set of predications: "Advice to the Class of 2009" (as they put it).

This book will make you think about the risks that you take before you invest and more importantly before you make choices that effect your financial future. Do you really need to take out another line of credit? Living within your means will save you in the long run, and Bonner and Wiggin understand that. Chapter 3 is one of the best looks at the history of the "price of progress" and how a mix between a lack of foresight and an insatiable appetite lead to the economic downturn. I found the writing in the book engaging and often humorous- that's often tough to find.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By photondn on October 22, 2009
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Financial Reckoning Day Fallout is a collection of history and opinion explaining the lead up of the 2009 Depression. (I think this is a Depression, not a Recession).

This book is not cohesive as The New Empire Debt which maintains the idea the US is practically an empire. This book is a loose collection of history and opinion. I did not enjoy Financial Reckoning Day Fallout as much as the New Empire of Debt.

I would, however, recommend this book to those who want a deep understanding of the current state of the economy.

The highlights in this book are the following:

- the reason why fiat money is a flop
- the influence of demographics, such as the Baby Boomers, on the economy
- the ongoing Japanese recession
- the history of Alan Greenspan.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By John L. Watkins on February 23, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Deacm's review pretty much covers it. This excruciatingly long book has some interesting stories, but meanders from topic to topic much like a drunk in search of a new bar (the authors like to make statements like this). Basically, the book argues that fiat currency never works; that Allen Greenspan did nothing other than create the greatest bubble in history; that financial collapse is inevitable; that gold is a good idea, but it's probably too late at this point to do anything.

As far as "surviving" goes, there is nothing here. Nothing at all. That is why the title is so misleading. There are lots of books that argue the same basic point. Peter Schiff and Bud Conrad come to mind. At least they have some ideas about what to do.

This book is in desperate need of good pruning, but the best decision, in my opinion, is not to waste your money (even if your dollars are not worth very much!).
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