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F. William Engdahl is author and geopolitical risk advisor who has written the international best-selling book on oil and geopolitics, A Century of War: Anglo-American Politics and the New World Order. His book, ‘Full Spectrum Dominance: Totalitarian Democracy in the New World Order, deals with the Pentagon agenda of global hegemony in the post-Cold War era. In his Seeds of Destruction: The Hidden Agenda of Genetic Manipulation he traces the effort to control the global food chain. He may be reached through his website, www.engdahl.oilgeopolitics.net
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  • Paperback: 398 pages
  • Publisher: edition.engdahl; 1St Edition edition (May 3, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3981326318
  • ISBN-13: 978-3981326314
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #217,169 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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William Engdahl's books should have two Cautions; the first, don't start this book unless you have enough time on your hands to finish the book. When you first start reading "Gods of Money: Wall Street and the Death of the American Century" you are quickly engrossed in the main subject of the book, "The power that Wall Street exerts over Washington and even the whole world."

"Gods of Money" is difficult to put down. Each chapter seems to be more revealing than the next. It begins with a not too distant history that predates the Federal Reserve and traces things up to current times. The book is very enlightening regarding the history of power, the way it evolved and how it continues to influence our lives currently.

Unlike many books (here I don't want to single out any author) that asks open ended questions like "Could the huge drawings at Nazca, Peru that can only be seen from the air be a type of signal for visitors from outer space?" when Engdahl presents events, documents or quotations they are carefully and fully documented at the end of each chapter. If you wish to know more on a particular subject then you simply look up the well documented reference (endnote) at the end of the chapter.

The second Caution would be that if you are not prepared to have an experience similar to what transpires with puppies between week one and week two (their eyes are opened) then you should exercise caution regarding the reading of this book.

Most people think that their lives are like a particle in a Brownian movement, buffeted all around by the vicissitudes of life. When you read this book you will understand that life is not like this at all. There are powerful forces that are truly in control just not overt or blatant.
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Being 76 years old I have been aware, incrementally, of the sea of greed and corruption our country has been sailing in for most of its history. It is very uncomfortable for me to admit that the crimes committed in the name of Democracy and Freedom are no more than propaganda, bought and paid for with the lives and blood of the citizens not privileged enough to be in the top $250,000/per year income bracket. Our modern elementary education system teaches nothing that protects our kids from the perils and pitfalls of life under the military/industrial/financial/media complex that passes for government in my country.

"Gods of Money", shows that this corrupt system has been around for a long time and its existance cannot be justified by the day dreams of mythologists like Ayn Rand, or snake oil salesmen like Limburger.

I would only hope that this book sheds enough light on our hypocracies that the younger generation can use that light to reveal the path to true government of, by, and for the People of the United States.
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The latest work by writer/analyst F.William Engdahl is essential reading for those who wish to have a greater and more comprehensive understanding of the history and machinations of Wall Street and the promoters of the American Empire. Using his keen research skills and ability to write for the technical as well as the layman audience Mr. Engdahl continues his dissection and explanation of how The Powers That Be control and manipulate the fundamentals of our western society.

Following his previous books: A Century of War, Seeds of Destruction and Full Spectrum Dominance, Gods of Money takes a hard look at the key players and events many of us have only just started to recognize during the past few years of our global fiscal crisis. In this very timely book Mr. Engdahl explains how the elites of finance and government have cleverly played the game of central banks, creation of money, derivatives, and debt to our detriment.

I highly recommend this valuable new book.
Two thumbs up again, Mr.Engdahl!
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William Engdahl's latest book is another awesome exploration and explanation of the boldness and failings of Anglo-American global strategy over most of the past century and a half. Engdahl recalls in his introduction a statement from the 1970's attributed to then-Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, a protégé of the powerful Rockefeller circles, in which he declared, "If you control the oil, you control entire nations; if you control the food, you control the people; if you control the money, you control the entire world."

With Gods of Money, Engdahl completes the trilogy, which with A Century of War: Anglo-American Oil Politics and the New World Order, and Seeds of Destruction: The Hidden Agenda of Genetic Manipulation explores the ways in which the Rockefellers and the people around them would appear to have sought to control oil, food and money in seeking to establish their sense of global order.

For anyone interested in the contemporary world, its politics and its tragedies, Engdahl's books are obligatory reading. He explains the reasons for linking Abraham Lincoln's assassination to British and European banking interests but shows how, as wealth concentrated into the hands of a few American families, notably those of the Morgans and Rockefellers, the United States developed a remarkable strategy that concentrated power through the mastery of global finance, backed by military expedience. Like a growing number of other writers, however, he leaves no doubt that this strategy has run into serious troubles, devastating Americans as much as the intended subjects of American Empire, or of a New American Century.
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