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Secret Weapon: How Economic Terrorism Brought Down the U.S. Stock Market and Why It can Happen Again Hardcover – January 16, 2012


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Regnery Publishing; 1 edition (January 16, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596987944
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596987944
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #336,524 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Freeman explains persuasively and clearly why we may be beginning the third act of a monetary and fiscal tragedy. You don’t care about dark pools, huge Middle-Eastern sovereign wealth funds, naked short selling, and bear runs? I’m afraid you will, and rather soon.”
—R. James Woolsey, Chairman of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and former Director of Central Intelligence

“Every American needs to understand how our financial markets have been manipulated by people who want to destroy the nation and how they can do even greater damage in the future. This book is a critical read for everyone.”
—William G. Boykin, Lt. Gen. USA (ret), former Commander of U.S. Army Special Forces and founding member of Delta Force

“Kevin Freeman’s alarming proposition on economic warfare merits attention from those at the highest levels entrusted with our nation’s security. It is incumbent on the U.S. intelligence and defense community, financial regulators, and those with advanced financial acumen to assess and address this modern security vulnerability. Warfare continues to evolve. As the United States remains vigilant against emerging threats, we must appreciate newfound challenges to longstanding assumptions about how our enemies could exploit our financial markets with potentially devastating consequences for our nation.”
—Congressman Bill Posey

“Kevin Freeman has done an exceptional job working with open source financial data. This is a superb effort to expose extreme vulnerabilities to our financial system. With today’s international markets in such a fragile and volatile state, Freeman’s work deserves serious reflection. To do so would cost little. To dismiss it outright might cost us everything.”
—Thomas W. O’Connell, former Assistant Secretary of Defense (Special Operations) (2003-2007) and former member of the NASDAQ Public Board of Directors

About the Author

Kevin D. Freeman, CFA, is the founder and CEO of Freeman Global Investment Counsel. In 1990, Freeman wrote a business plan for Sir John Templeton and was hand-picked by him to help build the Templeton Private Client group, which managed nearly $2.5 billion in global markets within a decade. One of the world’s leading experts on economic warfare and financial terrorism, Freeman authored the report “Economic Warfare: Risks and Responses” for the Department of Defense in 2009 and has briefed members of Congress, U.S. senators, and past and present members of the CIA, DIA, FBI, SEC, Homeland Security, Justice Department, and state and local law enforcement. He has appeared in the international media including CNBC, Fox News, Glenn Beck, the Counter Terrorist, the Washington Times, and the UK’s Daily Mail and Times of London.

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This book is worth reading several times over.
Plain Jane
When I read Kevin Freeman's book, Secret Weapon, I discovered that there are huge financial forces at work to try to topple our economy.
Russell Lake
If you want to know what really happened in 2008 then read this book.
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115 of 120 people found the following review helpful By Russell Lake on January 15, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I always knew there had to be more to the story than what the media and national political parties were telling us about the financial crisis that started in 2008. The media told us the problems came form poor lending practices and relaxed credit standards. When I read Kevin Freeman's book, Secret Weapon, I discovered that there are huge financial forces at work to try to topple our economy.

I first asked how this could be possible, since the media and our own Central Intelligence Agency were not even aware this was a threat possibility and the fact that we are being attacked in a three-phased attack. Kevin explains how Sovereign Wealth funds, those funds controlled by foreign governments mostly in the Middle East, could embark on major market manipulations by using our own market rules to evaporate trillions in wealth almost overnight. Kevin clearly explains what these weapons are and how they are being used against us. Some of the tactics include, naked short selling, high frequency trading, naked sponsored access, and the uptick rule. Each of these complicated financial maneuvers was used to bring down major Wall Street companies and has made our economy weak.

These same attacks are being waged in against the Euro markets and now we have entered phase three and this book explains how we can both protect our financial assets and what can be done to stop future attacks.
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65 of 70 people found the following review helpful By Deana on January 14, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Real life can be more remarkable than invented tales, as in Secret Weapon, where Mr. Freeman reveals the means, motive and opportunity, all linked together, proving that truth is indeed stranger than fiction. The evidence is impressive; intellectually stimulating. I rate it 5 for its timely relevance. Is economic warfare a reality? Should our nation devote attention and economic resources to this topic? This book will enable you to make an educated decision and give you mechanisms by which you can help effect change.
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70 of 77 people found the following review helpful By Pat Calhoun on January 12, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Mr. Freeman's book addresses the questions about the financial insecurity of the U.S. monetary system. The Occupy Wall Street crowd are right to be suspicious of the markets but their focusing on the wrong enemy. Mr. Freeman clearly details how the crash of 2008 was not just coincidental. Those that cost this nation trillions of dollars carefully orchestrated the manipulation of the markets using the loosened rules of naked short selling and credit default swaps. Unfortunately, Mr. Freeman points out, the current administration is doing very little to protect the financial security of this nation and the investors that drive the economic engine. Is it any wonder that billions of dollars are sitting on the sideline? As a 24 year veteran police officer, I was very impressed with the mountain of evidence Mr. Freeman compiled in his research. Don't just read this book, encourage everyone that is concerned about the health of their personal and the nation's economy to study it.
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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Kirk Freeman on January 14, 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This is a must-read regardless of which side of the political aisle you gravitate to. It's not about partisanship; it's about protecting our great nation from foes, foreign and domestic. It's about 21st century warfare, and recognizing that threats exist from places we've never thought of before. Get the book, and most importantly, read it. Then join the movement, spread the word, contact your elected officials, and make a difference. Do not sit passively by and allow things to happen. Our country's enemies will do no more than we let them do! Kevin's exceptional book is just the beginning.
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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Steven Tipton on January 14, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I don't write reviews very much but I had to do one for this book. All I can say is "wow!" Anyone who does business, invests in, or uses US Dollars needs to read this book. Phase three of the attack on the American economy seems to be in full effect. Kevin Freeman lays out exactly what has happened and how we got here. It's like having an inside track into what was happening in 2008 through today. I was amazed to learn how vulnerable our economy is to economic warfare.
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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Ron - banking executive on January 15, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This is a must read for anyone in banking or finance, anyone with any investable assets or anyone who wants to better understand the complete tactics of our terrorist foes. America is at serious risk for being financially destroyed and Kevin Freeman is the first person that I have ever read that had addressed the subject in a rational,serious and common sense way. This is not propaganda for either side, this is not a conspiracy tale. Thank you for writing this book. Please read and pass along. Hopefully we can get the government and the financial markets to head his warning before its too late.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Terri M Williams on January 19, 2012
Format: Hardcover
One of the reasons that the French were ill-prepared and subsequently outflanked and defeated by the Nazi Blitzkrieg in 1940, was that they failed to understand that military strategy had substantially changed since WWI. The French, still thinking along the lines of static trench warfare, were overwhelmed and unable to mount an effective counter offensive against the Nazi onslaught. It wasn't because they didn't have the fortitude to fight, but rather, it was a failure to understand that war strategy and tactics had changed.

In Secret Weapon, Kevin Freeman does an excellent job of explaining the new threat posed by our enemies and their unorthodox tactics of warfare for crippling our financial institutions. The book should be read by anyone who wants to understand the underlying causes of the current economic quagmire and how recent actions by the government and the S.E.C. have left us vulnerable to economic machinations. The book is at once a compelling history of financial warfare, a primer on market manipulation, and a disconcerting description of the means, motives, and methods of those who see the American economy as the new battlefield.
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