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  • Paperback: 106 pages
  • Publisher: Ludwig von Mises Institute (May 3, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1610161920
  • ISBN-13: 978-1610161923
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 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: #383,600 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. Montz on April 9, 2012
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This book was an easy read with many interesting insights into the revolving door between Wall Street investment banks and the U.S. Executive Branch particularly the State Department. Some of the interesting tidbits I learned:

Who purchased the shares of the defunct French company that went bust by failing to build the Panama Canal and how they benefited from inside information of the U.S. plans to take the project over.

Why years later the U.S. gave the Panama Canal back to Panama and who benefited on Wall Street.

WWII and the battle to go to war in the Pacific vs. Europe. Who wanted to fight Japan and who wanted to fight Germany?

The Cowboys and the Yankees.

Various coups instigated by the CIA for the benefit of corporations

After reading this book you will realize that the more things change the more they stay the same. This book is a great launching point for the following books:

The Imperial Cruise: A Secret History of Empire and War
The Yankee and Cowboy War: Conspiracies from Dallas to Watergate
The Wise Men: Six Friends and the World They Made with a new introduction by the authors
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By NLC on March 28, 2012
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This book is amazing in that it traces the government - power business elite connections from the 1800's through to the 1970's and 1980's.

It was amazing to learn that there were three camps in which all banking elite came from:
--Rockefeller
--Morgan (JP Morgan)
--Loeb

Individuals (if you could call them that) were either a Rockefeller, Morgan, or Loeb person on how they went about doing business.

I always knew that members of government were connected, but never at this level.

In addition, this book goes on to show how these business elite's positioned the government for war because they knew that it would be "good for business".

I would definitely recommend this book, but watch out, this read may increase your anger level.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kyriakos Varveris on March 1, 2013
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This book is a true revelation. From the first glance it gives you the full perspective of the monetary establishment. M. Rothbard as a student of Ludwig von Mises continiues the legacy of promoting the idea of the true free market, and true capitalism away from any kind of government intervention!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Karl G. Kowalski on February 4, 2014
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I have enjoyed Rothbard's "History of Money and Banking in the United States" and this volume also provides extensive details about the major events of the 20th century, up to the early 1980s (publication date: 1984). I do have a few reservations.

Rothbard is an anarchist - his belief system is "No Government, period." His writings tend to fall into the Libertarian viewpoint, but he represents the extreme end of that perspective.

With respect to the Cold War era, a lot of the episodes start with something like this: "After (some foreign leader) nationalizes (some large company's property), (some Morgan- or Rockefeller-allied individual) pushed the United States government to violence."

Rothbard's Libertarian/Anarchist views tell him that even though the use of force involved in "nationalizing" the property of a company necessarily must be bad, the United States government cannot intervene with its own use of physical force. This is a core failure of Libertarianism - that American property can be stolen and the American government should just stay out of the problem.

Nationalization = Theft. Rothbard refuses to recognize this fact. While the US Government's reactions to nationalized properties are brutal and in many instances unforgivable, Rothbard's belief that the US Government should take no action is disgusting.

Again, lots of interesting information, but read it with a skeptical eye, and keep Rothbard's viewpoint in mind.
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