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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Crown Business (January 29, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385512244
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385512244
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.7 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #95,904 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“There is a crisis coming, and it will cause a collapse in the mountain of credit fostered by the monopoly central banks of the world. Read this book and find out how you can protect yourself while there’s still time.” – Robert R. Prechter, author of the bestseller CONQUER THE CRASH.

About the Author

JAMES TURK is founder of GoldMoney.com, which operates the leading digital gold currency payment system. He also publishes the Freemarket Gold & Money Report (fgmr.com), an investment newsletter he founded in 1987. Previously, after a decade with the international department of Chase Manhattan Bank, he managed the commodity department of the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority. His media appearances include CNN, Bloomberg, and CBSMarketWatch, CNBC, Barron’s, the Wall Street Journal, and Financial Sense Online.

JOHN RUBINO is the author of How to Profit from the Coming Real Estate Bust (Rodale, 2003) and Main Street, Not Wall Street (Morrow, 1998). He spent the 1980s as a Wall Street financial analyst, and the 1990s as a regular contributor to theStreet.com, Individual Investor, Ziff/Davis/SmartBusiness, Online Investor, and Consumers Digest. He now writes for Fidelity, Kiplinger's Personal Finance, and CFA.

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Well written, easy to understand, and to the point.
BRIANH
The Monetarist economists(Widely known as Anna J Schwartz & Milton Friedman) blame the fed's lack of action as the cause of the great depression.
D. Ruiz
This is the type of book that is worth reading twice in order to absorb more material.
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44 of 47 people found the following review helpful By D. Ruiz on September 24, 2008
Format: Paperback
If you understand the fiscal situation this country is in, the place the elected & non-elected officials wanna take it, and what will happen after that has taken place, this book is dead on.

Monetary policy in this country(USA) has been flawed since the inception of the federal reserve system in 1913. The Monetarist economists(Widely known as Anna J Schwartz & Milton Friedman) blame the fed's lack of action as the cause of the great depression. They believe if the fed had intervened and created a little more inflation at the time the deflation was occuring(aka Deflationary Depression), the Great depression would have lasted only 1-5 years. Ben Bernanke (current FED Chairperson) believes this theory, that's why he's currently inflating that debt away through bail-outs.

On the other hand, Hard money Economists (aka Ludwig von Mises' Austrian school of economics) blames the fed completely for the Great Depression. Since their inception in 1913 the fed has fueled massive credit bubbles and the roaring 20's were no different. From 1913-1919 the fed increased the money supply by around 50% leading to the credit induced boom known as the roaring 1920's. When they finally called in all the inflationary credit they had put out, it killed the economy. Instead of letting the money stay out, they kept deflating the bubble which fueled the longest economic downturn in US history.

Today our economists and financial leaders will make sure not to repeat that mistake again. The system will not be allowed to go broke, almost everyone will get a huge bailout, and when they do, the countries who hold our short term US debt will begin dumping it, due to its losing value thanks to the bailouts.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Marvin D. Pipher on April 27, 2010
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This book, like many others written in recent years, documents the problems currently facing the U.S. economy and the U.S. dollar; the reasons behind them; and the rationale for the almost inevitable collapse of both that economy and the dollar. And, like the others, this book offers a number of recommendations as to what its readers might be able to do to protect themselves from these eventualities. But this book is different in one happy respect.

It tells this economic story as a historian might tell it, in simple easy to understand language. Presented in this way: The major domestic and international economic decisions which led to today's crises can be seen to have been quite logical at the time and to have quite naturally followed one another. When placed in their proper context in this way, the decisions made down through the years and the rationale for those decisions are much easier to grasp. This makes it possible for the average reader to easily see how the United States in particular, and the world at large, got into this dreadful mess and why. The book is so well written, in fact, that, before checking to see what the authors' qualifications might be, I had almost concluded that they must surely be professional writers, and most likely historians, rather than experts in the fields of economics and investing. I was wrong.

After checking them out, I recalled something I'd learned years ago: When someone attempts to write about something about which he (or she) knows too little or is in doubt, he will invariably go into inordinate detail in an attempt to explain it; but when that same person writes about something he fully comprehends, he can capture the essence of the subject without resorting to great detail.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By James W. Richter on February 24, 2008
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I bought the book when it first came out. More importantly, I ACTED on the book's advice. I bought gold, silver, Goldcorp(GG) and a lot more. Goldcorp was selling for about $12 per share at the time. Gold hadn't gone beyond about $430 per ounce. The dollar was trading much higher than it is now. Goldcorp is now at about $40 per share. Gold is near $950 per ounce. Silver is at $18 per ounce. Suffice it to say that if I ever have the chance to meet Mssrs Turk and Rubino in person, I will pick up the tab for dinner!
I had to smile when I read some of the reviews which have been posted on this site. I guess that some people still do not "get it" when it comes to the role of gold in protecting assets and purchasing power. Although the book's title speaks of making a fortune by investing in gold and hard assets, this book is not really a get rich quick book. It is a survival book. With everything that has been happening in the financial sector, the most important thing for all of us is to protect what we have!
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Kenoz on June 30, 2012
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I have followed Turk and Rubino's writings and interviews on-line for several years and found them to be well analysed and educational. This book was however was disappointing in its lack of depth and content and didn't really say much of substance. Better opinion and analysis can by found on-line by and about the authors for FREE! At the end of the book they reference several excellent websites which I frequently refer to - unfortunately this was probably the most useful part of the book!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By J. Wilberscheid on October 20, 2009
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I am making a career move into the investing arena and John Rubinos book, "The Dollar Collapse . . . " is right on the mark in terms of opening ones eyes to things we may NEVER see on CNBC or Fox nightly news. His info is cutting edge and ahead of it's time. Interestingly, although the updates were made over a year ago, upon getting what truth one can out of the media today, John hits the nail right on the head so uncanny it is almost like he has E.S.P. with regard to the markets and direction of certain political controls. This guy has done his homework. If you want to be schooled with accurate info - buy this book, READ IT and begin to apply the concepts!
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