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Game Over: How You Can Prosper in a Shattered Economy Hardcover – January 28, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-0446544801 ISBN-10: 0446544809 Edition: 1St Edition

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Investment guru Leeb, former editor of Personal Finance and a media commentator, reaffirms his earlier predictions, in The Coming Economic Collapse and The Oil Factor, that "the world is headed for a train wreck centered on pending massive shortages" of resources and commodities, especially oil. Though financial institutions now take center stage, Leeb asserts that the "vicious circles" he describes underlie those problems, and will only get worse as oil becomes scarcer (the Peak Oil theory, that "oil will never again be as plentiful and cheap" as it was). Another problem is increasing demand from emerging economies like China and India, and the inability of alternative energy to keep up-as they depend on yet more scarce commodities (solar cells use rare tellurium, wind mills require steel, etc.). Leeb declares gold the "most essential asset to invest in," with defense stocks a close second (in anticipation of coming resource wars), but his sobering perspective is tempered by a conclusion that "our challenge" in the coming crisis is "more sociological than economic," and that a soft landing for the U.S. could mean a simpler, "more productive" society and a return to 1950s-style prosperity.
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Based in NYC, Stephen Leeb is one of the nation's leading experts on finances and Wall Street Trends.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Business Plus; 1St Edition edition (January 28, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446544809
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446544801
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 5.8 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,129,092 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Stephen Leeb is the chief investment officer of a New York-based money management firm, and the author of seven popular books on economics and investment, including the bestselling "The Coming Economic Collapse." He holds a bachelor's degree in Economics from the Wharton School of Business, and an MA and PhD from the University of Illinois. Famous for his accurate predictions (especially of the collapse and $100-a-barrel oil), he is frequently quoted in the financial media, including The Wall Street Journal. He is a regular guest on Fox News, NPR, CNN, and Bloomberg.

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Acquiring and reading this book will help in this process.
Dr. Joseph S. Maresca
Leeb claims that even if/when we get out of this current financial crisis, our problems will be far from over.
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The problem with this book is that he says they will, but he doesn't make his case with facts and figures.

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84 of 89 people found the following review helpful By S. Blumberg on January 19, 2009
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The Game Leeb writes about is whether or not alternative energy systems can be developed before there is painful economic collapse. "Game Over" refers to a world where the easily extractable energy and mineral resources are gone (peak commodities) and we haven't developed the alternative technologies to maintain our society in the absence of low cost oil. Leeb outlines how energy and other resource limitations have come to dominate global economics. He explains the familiar concept of peak oil, and introduces the concept of absolute peak oil, the point where the energy cost of oil production just matches the energy extracted. Further Leeb goes on to describe how the extraction of minerals, water and even food are coupled to energy production. Leeb is concerned with the problems of building out of the most common alternative energy systems to a large scale.

Much of this book is recycled material found in Leeb's earlier work
The Oil Factor: Protect Yourself and Profit from the Coming Energy Crisis which made a more technical presentation of most of the economic ideas in the first few chapters. As in the The Coming Economic Collapse: How You Can Thrive When Oil Costs $200 a Barrel this book is written for a more general audience, but unlike his other books which are mainly directed at individual investors, the first three sections of Game Over are directed to the broader questions of how our complex and technological society can deal with resource limitations, which have been magnified by rapid economic development of Asia.
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55 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Sun Dog on March 1, 2009
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Over the past 5 years I've read well over a hundred books on peak oil, the state of the world's resources, and how the world's financial systems work. As I came to understand the staggering broader implications of our resource predicament, I began looking for a single book I could give to my friends that would provide a self-contained, straightforward explanation of our dilemma. Many of the earlier books are excellent, but some of those are also very technical, others engage in wishful thinking, and still others just didn't present the information in the way I would have wished for various reasons.

"Game Over" thoroughly explains the fundamental problems facing us while sparing the reader details about oil extraction technology and similar topics. For me, the fact that it is also an investment book is secondary, although many readers may also find that useful.

I am a geophysicist with long exposure to resource-related issues. As it happens, I started studying geophysics around the same time (1970) that US oil extraction (the common euphemism is "production," as if they're actually making the stuff) peaked, just as was predicted in a 1956 technical paper by a brilliant physicist/petroleum engineer who was ridiculed for many years for that prediction - until it happened. US extraction, once the highest in the world, has been declining for nearly 40 years since then. This irreversible decline came in spite of periods of vigorous exploration for new fields and impressive advances in exploration and extraction technology. Simply put: if it's not available, you can't have it.

In the 70s following the US peak, we speculated about what might happen when world oil extraction began to decline but it was all theoretical and far in the future and just an intriguing idea.
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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Gratified Dad on January 22, 2009
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Stephen Leeb has a knack for boiling complex issues down in a concise, easy-to-understand manner for the layman. More importantly, he has an uncanny record of spotting major trends well ahead of the crowd. Investors who ignore Leeb's sage comments do so to the detriment of their wealth. The list of trends he has been out in front of over the years are numerous, but let me just touch on two of them.

A decade ago when oil prices were below $20 a barrel and inflation was less than 2 percent, Leeb had this to say about where oil and food prices were headed in his book Defying the Market:

Strong economic growth, particularly in developing countries, will create a tremendous appetite not just for energy buy for food as well, as populations move up the food chain and demand greater quantities of more protein-rich nourishment. Technological and natural limits will curtail our ability to expand the supply of food and process will rise. A variety of food-related companies will see both profits and share prices soar.

We all know what followed. Prior to the collapse in commodities in 2008 (as a result of the global financial crisis), oil prices were approaching $150 a barrel and the cost of food was going through the roof thanks in large part to strong demand from emerging economies like China and India. Oil stocks were big winners during the period and fertilizer stocks, like Mosaic and Potash of Saskatchewan, rose 15- to 20-fold while the Dow and S&P went essentially nowhere.

But Dr. Leeb's keen insights haven't stopped there.
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