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About the Author John R. Talbott is the bestselling author of eight books on economics and politics that have accurately detailed and predicted the causes and devastating effects of this entire financial crisis including, in 2003, The Coming Crash in the Housing Market. In 2004, he correctly identified corporate and banking lobbyists and big corporate money in politics as the major underlying cause of the current crisis with, Where America Went Wrong. In January 2006, he called the absolute peak month of home prices in the US by releasing, Sell Now! The End of the Housing Bubble and warned that the problem was not local, or even national, but international. In 2008, his book, Contagion: The Financial Epidemic That Is Sweeping the Global Economy predicted the subprime mortgage problem developing in the US would mutate and grow and infect not only prime mortgages, but other markets such as the stock market, commercial real estate, the municipal bond market, as well as threaten the solvency of banks and governments around the globe leading to a very long, deep and painful global recession. In 2009, The 86 Biggest Lies on Wall Street exposed the ineptness of the government’s response to the crisis and the futility of enacting real reform of Wall Street when Wall Street itself is the biggest lobbyist of our congress. Formerly, an investment banker for Goldman Sachs and a Visiting Scholar at UCLA’s Anderson School of Management, Talbott has written peer reviewed academic research on democracy, inequality, AIDS prevention and developing country economics and has acted as an economic adviser to Jordan and Russia. He has made presentations on economics and politics throughout the United States and in Italy and Australia. He graduated from Cornell’s School of Engineering and received an MBA from UCLA. His work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, the Boston Globe, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Herald Tribune, the New Republic, the Huffington Post and salon.com. He has appeared as a financial expert on television for CNN, CBS, Fox News, CNBC, FBN, CSPAN and MSNBC as well as on hundreds of radio programs. Talbott, whose family has lived in Kentucky for 230 years is the son of a career Army officer, is 56 years old, single, an avid college football and basketball fan and lives with his faithful companion, Boca Jr., who rarely objects to any of Talbott’s writings or politics except when it is time to go for a walk.
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  • Paperback: 222 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (March 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1461013860
  • ISBN-13: 978-1461013860
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #885,021 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Unlike one of the other "reviewers", I have not read all of Talbott's books. This is my first one. In reading this book, which is essentially made up of parts of his previous ones, with some additional insights, it is amazing to learn not only his insight in predicting the disasters in world finance, but also the root cause of the problems. The book takes you through the last ten or so years, correctly predicting the national and world financial problems as he goes along. Reading the book and comparing his predictions to what has actually occurred is amazing. What I found even more evocative was his analysis of the unchecked power of large corporations, not only in finance, but reaching into and controlling government and other seemingly independent agents such as the media and universities to benefit the corporations.

In this day and age, when General Electric owns GE Capital, NBC and MSNBC, its CEO is the President's Czar on employment and it earns $15 Billion, yet pays no taxes, but rather receives $3 Billion in tax credits, every citizen should educate themselves on the unchecked and dangerous power of these large corporations and banks. They lobby government to write the laws to benefit themselves and then pay no taxes to the very government which allows them to profit. This book does an excellent job of explaining the problems of our country and knowing the author predicted the fallout of these problems years before they occurred gives his thoughts added clout and significance.
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By CF on April 19, 2011
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I've read every single book by this author - I truly appreciate his foresight. If you really want to know what's going on in America, and the direction that we're heading, you need not look any further. You'll find that many books on Finance will end up confirming what the author has been saying all along. It's impossible not to read his books and not get angry with our current system! We need to wake up to the fact that the government is placing the needs of corporations and the corporation elite above those of its citizens. In 'Contagion', Mr. Talbott predicted the countries that would be seeking a financial bailout - well before it made the news! Mr. Talbott's books have helped guide my financial planning in terms of what to expect next. My husband chooses to believe the media (and deal with the situations as they come), I rather prepare for the worst and hope for the best. Read this book if you'd like to know what's in store for the next couple of years - you'll soon find that it's not too pretty. I know that the author is holding out hope that America will wake up and collectively work to improve our current system by becoming more involved - we can only do so when we educate themselves instead of accepting what we're given at face value.

This book is a MUST READ.
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I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. It is important to note that much of the financial, economic, and political information that we get through traditional media is riddled with corporate bias. For that reason and perhaps others too this author chose to self-publish.

While reading the introduction I was slightly put off by the author's boastfulness about the accuracy of his prior predictions. However, as I continued to read the rest of the book, it became quite apparent just how well he had nailed these predictions. Please understand when he made his predictions he just didn't say the housing market will crash and leave it at that. He detailed why and how quite specifically,while highlighting many of the structural problems that had been overlooked or ignored by nearly everyone else. From his foresight and our hindsight we realize that the housing-market was not a true free-market by any means. The chapter on the housing-market was my favorite but all of the chapters were very interesting and put together provides an accurate picture of our current economic and political climate.

Throughout the book the author comes across as fair, level-headed, and very knowledgeable. He does emphasize the corporation quite a bit but let us be honest; the modern American corporation is in some ways like the mafia.

As mentioned in other reviews, this book is almost entirely a collection of some of the author's previous works. It is self -published and contains no index or bibliography. I do not blame the author one bit for omitting this since it would have unnecessarily added to the cost of the book and can be obtained from his other books. It in no way diminishes his credibility. His arguments are built on sound logic, common sense and fact.
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PROBLEM

Talbott's sense of the problem with modern America is embodied in a single word that he uses probably hundreds of times in this book--corporations--and on that most destructive subset of corporations--banks. This focus on corporations and banks has a great deal of merit. Americans' awareness of the "problem of the corporation" has been underscored by two recent events: 1) the collapse of the largest financial corporations, both in America and elsewhere, and 2) the even more recent Supreme Court decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission giving corporations broad new power to influence elections in addition to their existing vast army of lobbyists concentrating on both elected and non-elected government officials.

Talbott's book presents excerpts from a dozen of his writings over the last twelve years about this very problem. His last two chapters--"When Corporations and Banks Ruled the World" and "What Does the Future Hold?" summarize the present situation and his proposals for solutions. The book is a credible presentation of the recent evolution of the power of corporations, especially financial corporations. Talbott understands the technical details of the problem and explains them effectively.

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His primary proposed solution for banks is further regulation and for other corporations is to start an organization to track corporate lobbying and to get its members to boycott the products of the most egregious offenders. He thinks that one to ten million members doing their boycotts would have a significant effect on corporate lobbying. He's probably right about that.
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