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Mobs, Messiahs, and Markets: Surviving the Public Spectacle in Finance and Politics [With Earbuds] (Playaway Adult Nonfiction) Preloaded Digital Audio Player – September 1, 2008
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"…extremely timely…irreverent but thought-provoking examination of the goings on in international finance today… packs a serious punch." (The Independent)
"To say that this book is skeptical or contrarian is like saying Warren Buffett has money....entertaining criticism of anything and everything...I read the full 400 pages in just a few days.."-Rob May at Business Pundit (Top 10 business site) http://www.businesspundit.com/50226711/mobs_messiahs_and_markets.php(Nov. 2007)
"Mobs, Messiahs, and Markets by William Bonner and Lila Rajiva is a fascinating work....downright hilarious...a serious look at an important phenomenon in the human condition."- Dr. Jonathan Dolhenty of the highly rated philosophy site, Radical Academy (Oct. 2007)
"a sharp-witted jaunt through the mass hysteria that’s defined markets and people through the ages" -Money Week (Sept. 2007)
"William Bonner and Lila Rajiva provide the answers in this exhilarating -- if somewhat depressing -- book. Although their insights will often make readers laugh out loud, they will also find themselves wriggling uncomfortably at the manifold idiocies of human behaviour." -The National Post, Canada (Nov. 07)
"Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles MacKay would be a better choice to begin. Without that context for this book, you'll find yourself gobbling caviar without knowing what it is." - Donald Mitchell, author of The 2000 Percent Solution, December 18, 2007
"A fascinating book," - Alan Caruba in Book Views, December, 2007
"Mobs, Messiahs, and Markets is a tragi-comedy, full of sharp observations, delivered with equally sharp wit. This book's dark and disturbing revelations could leave one depressed and disillusioned, were it not so damn funny." -- Abram Bergen at Blog Critics, December 31, 2007 --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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"The book strikes at the center of conventional wisdom. It is brilliant, deep, and fun to read."
-- Nassim Nicholas Taleb, author of the legendary international best-seller, "Fooled By Randomness" and "The Black Swan."
"Learn about Fed bubbles, and make Ben Bernanke unhappy: Read this book."
-- Lew Rockwell, President of The Ludwig von Mises Institute.
"Entertainingly and irreverently investigates the "do-gooders" and "world-improvers" who stir up mass hysterias, unjustified wars and financial crises, while at the same time it warns readers how to better protect themselves and their pocketbooks."
-- Congressman Ron Paul, Presidential Candidate.
"A classic for the student of the current period in history...If I had to name just one book investors should read, this is the one I would select."
--Dr. Marc Faber, editor of the maverick "Gloom Boom and Doom Report" and author of the Amazon best seller, "Tomorrow's Gold- Asia's Age of Discovery.
"As fun to read as it is thought-provoking," -- John Mauldin, author of the New York Times best seller, Bull's Eye Investing and editor of "Thoughts from the Frontline.
"A cock-eyed, frolicking hell of a read."
-- Dr. Mark Skousen, Professor of Economics and editor of The Worldly Philosophers.
"I laughed aloud, I learned, and I was even offended. Behind the crafty writing, the authors share the deeper secrets of investing and push us to question what we believe. "Think for yourself!" this book screams.
-- Steve Sjuggerud, editor of True Wealth, one of the world's most widely read investment letters.
--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Top customer reviews
I read in 3 chapters in disbelief on how many different ideas and ages can be packed together just to make...draw no conclusion but show the author's wicked (wannabe) humor (wannabe).
Buy anything for 14 bucks but this. waste of time and money.
The several States of America were founded on much freer principles than are in operation today. Another read, The Human Rights Reader edited by Walter Laqueur includes excerpts from John Locke, Montesquieu, Voltaire on the "purpose of instituting a government being to secure the natural rights of people who organize into a society". We all have a natural right to earn a living to the best of our individual ability. Levying a tax on individual labor was never part of the plan. If that sounds extremist, then you've been caught up with anti-American principles. Our current government has gone beyond securing our natural rights and into invading them.
The authors inject humor into their writing - the equivalent of a spoonful of sugar - to help the ugly truth sink in. But the book is far from despairing. For open minds, it is a delightful paradigm shift.
But he and his co-author Lila Rajiva go even farther in "Mobs..." and create an easy-to-read, practical investment guide with an excellent global perspective. Even average and prospective new investors will benefit from their wisdom....and you will laugh out loud often. I strongly recommend it!