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Still, Kiplinger, editor in chief of Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine, manages to keep his optimism bridled. Wherever there's a dictatorship or corrupt government, economic prosperity will be put on hold. And, of course, regional wars will still flare up. In other words, Kiplinger sees a world a lot like this one, only more prosperous globally. But even if the predictions in World Boom Ahead aren't particularly startling, the analyses backing them up are worth the time it takes to read and digest them. For example, in a section on why U.S. savings rates are low relative to other nations', Kiplinger notes that savings tend to decline when people feel confident about their economic future. In another section, he shows that taxes have remained about 20 percent of the U.S. GDP since the end of World War II, contrary to the idea that there has been an ever-increasing tax burden in the late 20th century. Part celebration of the achievements that put us in such prosperous times, part analysis of why those good times should continue, and part economics lesson, World Boom Ahead is a consistently fascinating look at our fiscal present and future. --Lou Schuler
I had high expecations for this book, since I have always enjoyed the Kiplinger Newsletter and often read the magazine. Read morePublished on April 15, 2000
kiplinger puts the entire world into perspective inserting today into a factual and historical mix that graphs where we have been, where we are, and exactly where we are... Read morePublished on September 13, 1999
This is an excellent work alongside that of such people as Harry Dent. He describes to the reader investments that should do well in the future and gives evidence, what education... Read morePublished on January 30, 1999