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Good book but could be a little more accessible
on December 5, 2009
Because I am a supporter of Dr. Paul and his political views I really wanted to like this book more. Unlike his previous The Revolution: A Manifesto, End the Fed seem to require a bit of work for those without an economic or finance background. I spent quite a bit of time looking up even basic terms I didn't know or concepts I didn't understand: fiat money, M2 or M3 money supply, Bretton Woods agreement/system, etc. These deserve better explanation to make this book accessible to the average citizen. A glossary and an index are desperately needed. I felt frustrated at times when he kept stating that the Fed steals our money through inflation and only the very rich benefit but I don't think he clearly stated how they benefited. Too many assumptions were made of the readers knowledge and understanding of what seemed to be concepts central to the books argument. That said, End the Fed has enlightened me more about the monetary manipulationand its consequences albeit with a lot of effort to understand the concepts.
"Educate and inform the whole mass of the people... They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty." - Thomas Jefferson
I am sorry Dr.Paul but I hope for clarity sake there is a second edition of this book because I feel there is a great book here. It just needs some editing. On the other hand, I thought that The Revolution: A Manifesto was definition of clarity and accessibility. I thoroughly enjoyed it.