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"Never one to shy away from the truth . . . inspiring, wise, and compelling. His work lights the way to a better America."―Van Jones, cofounder of RebuildTheDream.com and author of The Green Collar Economy


"Ever since he was a young SDS member back When It All Began, Thom Hartmann has combined a prodigious intelligence and common touch to expand participatory democracy as the American Way. This is an excellent guide to avoid the next crash landing."―Tom Hayden, author of The Long Sixties

"Thom Hartmann is right that America must invest in our transportation and energy infrastructure, promote renewable energy, and rethink the disastrous trade policies that have shuttered our factories and decimated our middle class. I hope his thoughtful ideas about what America needs and his loud-and-clear warning about where America is headed will wake us up before his prediction comes true."―Bernie Sanders, U.S. Senator

"Few authors have ever had a bigger story to tell. Thom Hartmann is the authority on the basket case that the U.S. economy has become. No advanced nation in modern times has been so badly served by its elites and this tour de force of a book explains why."―Eamonn Fingleton, author of In the Jaws of the Dragon

"Thom Hartmann provides page after page of crucial history to show how our country headed into deep decline. And he offers an action plan of reform and renewal that can avert economic and environmental collapse. A rare and readable blend of history and hope."―Jeff Cohen, author of Cable News Confidential

"Thom Hartmann explains the way critical social lessons fade over time, and how dangerous that cycle is. America is at the tail end of such a cycle today, as we stand amidst terrible inequality and on the precipice of tremendous change. And, yes, Thom offers a compelling plan of action for activists. Everyone should read this book."―Richard L. Trumka, president, AFl-CIO

"Thom Hartmann seeks out interesting subjects from such disparate outposts of curiosity that you have to wonder whether or not he uncovered them or they selected him."―Leonardo DiCaprio, actor, producer, and environmental activist

About the Author

Thom Hartmann is an internationally syndicated talk show host heard by over 2.75 million listeners each week and simulcast on television in more than 40 million homes. He is also a New York Times bestselling author of 24 books, including The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight. And Talkers magazine named Thom Hartmann #9 on their "2013 Heavy Hundred" list.


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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Twelve (November 12, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446584835
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446584838
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.2 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (340 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,540 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Thom Hartmann is the four-time Project Censored Award-winning, New York Times best-selling author of 23 books currently in print in over a dozen languages on five continents.
Hartmann is also an internationally known speaker on culture and communications, an author, and an innovator in the fields of psychiatry, ecology, and economics.
The co-founder (with his wife, Louise) and former Executive Director of The New England Salem Children's Village (1978) and The Hunter School (1997), he has led national innovations in the areas of residential treatment for abused children and private/public education for learning-disabled children.
He has helped set up hospitals, famine relief programs, schools, and refugee centers in India, Uganda, Australia, Colombia, Russia, and the United States through the German-based Salem International program. Formerly rostered with the State of Vermont as a psychotherapist, founder of The Michigan Healing Arts Center, and licensed as an NLP Trainer by Richard Bandler (who wrote the foreword to one of Thom's books), he was the originator of the revolutionary "Hunter/Farmer Hypothesis" to understand the psychiatric condition known as Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD).
A guest faculty member at Goddard College in Vermont, he also synthesized the "Younger/Older Culture model" for describing the underpinnings - and possible solutions - to the world's ecological and socio-political crises, suggesting that many of our problems are grounded in cultural "stories" which go back thousands of years.
Leonardo DiCaprio was inspired by Thom's book "The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight" to make the movie "The 11th Hour" (in which Thom appears), and Warner Brothers is making a movie starring DiCaprio and Robert De Niro from the book Thom co-authored with Lamar Waldron, "Legacy of Secrecy."
Talkers Magazine named Thom Hartmann as the 8th most important talk show host in America in 2011, 2012, and 2013 (10th the two previous years), and for three of the past five years the #1 most important progressive host, in their "Heavy Hundred" ranking. His radio show is syndicated on for-profit radio stations nationwide by Dial-Global, on non-profit and community stations nationwide by Pacifica, across the entire North American continent on SiriusXM Satellite radio, on cable systems nationwide by Cable Radio Network (CRN), on its own YouTube channel, via Livestream on its own Livestream channel, via subscription podcasts, worldwide through the US Armed Forces Network, and through the Thom Hartmann App in the App Store. The radio show is also simulcast as TV in realtime into nearly 60 million US and Canadian homes by the Free Speech TV Network on Dish Network, DirectTV, and cable TV systems nationwide.
His evening TV program, The Big Picture, is wholly owned by his own production company, produced in the RT studios, and licensed to and carried by Free Speech TV in the US, and into over 600 million homes in 104 countries via broadcast and cable by the RT TV network, and distributed worldwide on the web on Hulu.
As an entrepreneur, he's founded several successful businesses which still are operating, and lived and worked with his wife, Louise, and their three (now adult) children on several continents.
He was born and grew up in Michigan, and retains strong ties to the Midwest, although he and Louise have lived in New Hampshire, Vermont, Georgia, Germany, and Oregon...and now live on a boat in Washington D.C. with their attack-cat, Higgins.

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The Crash of 2016: The Plot to Destroy America - and What We Can Do to Stop It by Thom Hartmann

"The Crash of 2016" is a provocative and troubling look at an economic implosion that will occur unless we take drastic measures to stop it. "A story of how America was dragged into the Crash of 2016." Well-known progressive national and international radio and TV talk show host and accomplished author, Thom Hartmann places his focus on an economic crisis that may turn into the Fourth Great Crash since the Declaration of Independence in 1776. This stimulating 294-page book includes sixteen chapters broken out by the following five parts: 1. The Economic Royalists and the Corporatist Conspiracy, 2. Why We Crashed, 3. "Oppression, Rebellion, Reformation", 4. The Great Crash, and 5. Out of the Ashes.

1. A professional and gifted author Hartmann is a master at engaging the public with a well- balanced narrative of history, current events and foresight.
2. The book has great format and flow. It's entertaining, enlightening and the pages turn themselves.
3. Hartmann is a great and passionate thinker. His knowledge of history, and his ability to identify patterns is only matched by the skill to convey his conclusions in a lucid, straightforward manner.
4. Troubling, straight-forward eye-opening conclusions. "This crash is coming. It's inevitable. I may be off a few years plus or minus in my timing, but the realities of the economic fundamentals left to us by thirty-three years of Reaganomics and deregulation have made it a certainty.
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If you have been following the analysis and commentary of Thom or say Robert Reich, you understand the increasing inequalities as based in the "welfare" and breaks extended to the super rich (royals) and large corporations. Thom Hartmann adds in the mix of global trends (Germany is finally going to win the "world war" via economics) and his summary of history is very well done. The political, policy, and social changes to change this... or actually reclaim it after the crash are likewise well presented (based on your political views of course). However I would point out that he offers no individual "crash preparation" for the average person - gold, cash, stockpile food, sell your home, etc.. other than to point out the "royals" are cutting their investments and hording pure cash to prepare themselves for what is about to happen. I am not sure what paper would be worth the greatest depression with confidence lost in government paper. However, its a good read.
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This is a very thought provoking book. In some respects it identifies the same issues as many others. e.g. financialization of the economy, the export of jobs via globalization, accumulation of debt etc. Where he differs is in his emphasis on the empowerment of what he calls , “(wealthy ) economic royalists” and the consequences of this empowerment. This thesis is clearly presented and quite convincing, for me at least.

I was especially taken by his assignment of culpability for much of this empowerment to the Supreme Court. To date, I had simply accepted the role of the Supreme Court as the final arbiter of the constitutional status of laws. He asserts and defends the claim that this is not true. He further goes on to assign much of the culpability to the courts interpretation of constitutional language. He focuses especially on the term “human” as it applies to corporations. This interpretation unleashed the use of corporate money to influence elections. This interpretation, he asserts and defends, is a contrivance contrary to common understanding and intended to empower corporations.

I think an extention of the logic here, is that all to often this flexibility of interpretetion lay beneath the the determination of a laws constitutional status which, apparently, is a step too far. This is my first encounter with this thesis. His case was strong enough to create serious concern but short of certainty. In any case this issue alone makes the book worth buying and reading.

He also does a nice job of laying out the political aspects for the empowerment of the “wealthy economic royalists”. He tends to place the bulk of responsibility on republicans which seems a bit one-sided.
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My grandson who is an over achiever wants to become a politician. I admire his desire to make a meaningful difference in the lives of others, but I fear the corrupting effects of the quest for, and exercise of power, without a detailed and thoughtful plan. This book contains that plan. If he reads and understands the history of our past and future failures, as well as the suggestions for change, he will be forewarned and well advised to make a meaningful difference. THIS IS A THOUGHTFUL WELL WRITTEN BOOK, A LITERAL MUST READ FOR ALL WHO WANT TO SPEAK WITH CONVICTION ABOUT OUR GOVERNMENT AND ECONOMY. Thanks Thom
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