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The Flight Of The Barbarous Relic Paperback – March 31, 2008
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George Smith's style is to present one corner or smidgen of his story at a time, rather like a painter who sketches a small part of his canvas in rough, then visits it later to fill in some more . . . --Jim Davies, Strike-the-Root.com
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"Everything possible is done to prevent the fraud of the monetary system from being exposed to the masses who suffer from it." - Rep. Ron Paul, TX, before the U.S. House of Representatives, Feb. 15, 2006
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Enjoyable to read, a "page turner" where one has empathy with the characters for their sacrifices and a good primer on the nature of Fractional Reserve Banking.
I suppose the author also imagined that. Unfortunately, he lacks good writing skills, so the book was worse than the one star rating in that it decidely failed to deliver what it promised.
The characters are not believable by any stretch, the plot fairly staggers from one episode to another and the finale is staged as a ridiculous scene in which all action freezes while the protagonist delivers a long, uninterupted historical harangue on the evils of the Fed and central banking in general while the antagonists are presumably picking their noses.
And then the story dies -- but not soon enough.
Oh yes, there has been a conspiracy -- but it's not a "theory," it's historical fact. George F. Smith reveals this indisputable truth throughout the course of this 274-page, impossible-to-put-down thriller, and also clearly demonstrates how the Federal Reserve redistributes wealth from the poor to the rich, all within the context of a gripping plot.
The story focuses on a gold-loving, free-market economist who seemingly "sells out" and joins the mainstream, eventually rising to the position of Fed chairman. But his "sell out" was false -- he only put on Keynesian/Monetarist (as if there's a difference) garb in order to infiltrate the Fed so that he could expose and destroy it! I'm not giving anything away here since this happens very early in the book. The heart of the book is how the government reacts to having its deception exposed.
George Ford Smith's knowledge of monetary history, the nature of government, and the unfortunate ignorance and apathy of the American populace is truly peerless. This book should be heralded by the Mises Institute, LewRockwell.com, and the Ron Paul R3VOLution as the first of hopefully many great works of fiction exposing the truth about the Federal Reserve and the government it sponsors by secretly stealing from the productive class. Five stars are not enough for this heroic effort!
First of all this is a pretty good story. Secondly, in delivering the story, the author is trying to shake us awake as to what is happening to us and the result is far from pleasant.
In fact, the protagonists in the story have a sense of futility as to awakening enough of us to what has been done to our economy that seems difficult to oversome.
I was asked to review this novel by the author. I did and I am not sure I was not happier living in ignorance. However, it is better to understand one's life and situation and if you agree with that premise, then please, pick up this book and be prepared to be very, very worried about our econoomy and our future.
The "barbarous relic" referred to in the title is the gold standard which at one time in our history tied the value of our currency to that precious metal. If that sounds arcane or old fashioned, I challenge you to read this book and ever feel sanguine again about your economic status in this country, especially if you feel really, really comfortable.