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[Audio Review] Here, Woods offers a decidedly free-market, conservative approach to the worldwide financial collapse of 2008 09. He explains his take on what led up to the current economic crisis, who's really to blame (namely, the Federal Reserve System), and why government bailouts won't work. Woods's views will appeal to listeners concerned about how the financial crisis impacts them as well as to business leaders and investors wishing to be more enlightened about the crisis. Two-time Audie Award nominee Alan Sklar's (see Behind the Mike, LJ 3/1/09) solid, steady reading helps sustain interest. Dale Farris, Groves, TX --Library Journal
Is Capitalism the Culprit?
The media tells us that "deregulation" and "unfettered free markets" have wrecked our economy and will continue to make things worse without a heavy dose of federal regulation. But the real blame lies elsewhere. In Meltdown, bestselling author Thomas E. Woods Jr. unearths the real causes behind the collapse of housing values and the stock market--and it turns out the culprits reside more in Washington than on Wall Street.And the trillions of dollars in federal bailouts? Our politicians' ham-handed attempts to fix the problems they themselves created will only make things much worse.
Woods, a senior fellow at the Ludwig von Mises Institute and winner of the 2006 Templeton Enterprise Award, busts the media myths and government spin. He explains how government intervention in the economy--from the Democratic hobby horse called Fannie Mae to affirmative action programs like the Community Redevelopment Act--actually caused the housing bubble.
Most important, Woods, author of the New York Times bestseller The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History, traces this most recent boom-and-bust--and all such booms and busts of the past century--back to one of the most revered government institutions of all: the Federal Reserve System, which allows busy-body bureaucrats and ambitious politicians to pull the strings of our financial sector and manipulate the value of the very money we use.Meltdown also provides a timely history lesson to counter the current clamor for a new New Deal. The Great Depression, Woods demonstrates, was only as deep and as long as it was because of the government interventions by Herbert Hoover (no free-market capitalist, despite what your high school history teacher may have taught you) and Franklin D. Roosevelt (no savior of the American economy, in spite of what the mainstream media says). If you want to understand what caused the financial meltdown--and why none of the big-government solutions being tried today will work--Meltdown explains it all. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition. See all Editorial Reviews
Making any economic theory simple, very worth-reading. Perhaps one of the best book about the crisis of the Us economy that I have read. Five -starPublished 3 days ago by moretoonice
This book dogmatically pushes half-formed economic theories that ignore a global economy and are based on the belief that a little bit of inflation is far worse than the poverty... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Dave
For a book written right after the meltdown the analysis is great, however it gives an incomplete picturePublished 4 months ago by Arnaud Boucheron
This book has really enlightened my thoughts on our economy and the monetary and fiscal policy that has been steering this economy into unknown chartered territory. A must read!Published 4 months ago by Paul
If you've delved into the Austrian School of thinking prior to this book - this read is a breeze. You'll be walked through some very basic economic fallacies within mainstream... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Jerrod