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Outstanding -- a Must Read
on June 17, 2014
I am a retired UC Berkeley finance professor, and (among other financial system excesses) I have become very concerned about the potential of a serious monetary disruption, going as far back as 2006. The international monetary situation has been a festering problem since 1971 (when Nixon took us off the gold standard), and little to nothing seems to have been done about it. Moreover, our monetary problems are connected to the fiscal deficit, the dollar maintaining global reserve currency status, the Fed, inflation, current account deficits, gold carry trades, and a host of other complex moving parts. There are several scenarios which could play out, and most of these involve a serious decline in American living standards, ranging from just middling-bad to catastrophic, and some of these processes are already well under way (as you no doubt have noticed). So this book could be highly relevant to your economic future.
Most of my friends' eyes just glaze over when I try to explain the issues, to the point where I have simply given up. So I was delighted to discover this book, which is highly accessible to the average reader. It contains a minimum of financial jargon; instead, it provides very clear and careful exposition of each area contributing to the overall problem. It is as if the author constructs a large mosaic by building out each important individual subject first, and then assembling these into an otherwise complex composition, so at the end you can stand back and fully comprehend (and accept) the complete picture.
Many books on similar subjects are marred by the use of inflammatory rhetoric, unsupported claims, and sweeping generalizations of doom-and-gloom. This book does none of that. Instead, it uses very calm and precise, if simple, language. It supports its claims and assertions with footnotes, and most of these "further-reading" footnote sources were already known to me, and I furthermore can attest to the balance and accuracy of most all of those sources.
My only issue with the author is the prescriptive portion of his conclusion, which recommends only the buying of gold and silver. While this step may certainly help, it is not a panacea by any stretch, and I would have preferred that the author either leave this out completely, provide a chapter on the many other methods of increasing your personal resiliency, or just simply point the reader to the many good sources found on the web for same.
Now I no longer waste time explaining the coming monetary reset and its significance to friends, I just advise them to buy this book. I've found that people rarely change their minds unless they do the work of learning, by themselves. If they cannot be motivated to do this bit of self education, they will deserve their fate. Buy this book. Much more importantly, read it.