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The Road to Ruin: The Global Elites' Secret Plan for the Next Financial Crisis Hardcover – November 15, 2016
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JAMES RICKARDS is the New York Times best-selling author of The Death of Money, Currency Wars, and The New Case For Gold, which have been translated into fourteen languages. He is the editor of the newsletter Strategic Intelligence and a member of the advisory board of the Center for Financial Economics at Johns Hopkins University. An adviser on international economics and financial threats to the Department of Defense and the U.S. intelligence community, he served as a facilitator of the first-ever financial war games conducted by the Pentagon. He lives in Connecticut. Follow @JamesGRickards.
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The cover jacket for this book states "The most potent form of protection is to arm yourself with knowledge." That's true. I read "Road to Ruin" hoping to 1) identify and understand threats and 2) identify practical steps to protect my large family.
I find Jim Rickards to be a gifted teacher - he successfully explains numerous complicated concepts in layman terms. Thanks to his writings in this particular book, I feel I have a basic working knowledge of some troubling issues that may very well threaten the long term success of not just my own family, but America in general.
This book met the first part of my goal - "understanding and identifying threats." It did not satisfy the second part of my goal.
In Rickards' chapter "Behold a Black Horse" he (finally!) outlines suggestions for what he feels may help people defend their "wealth" against all the coming threats he has so carefully and thoroughly exposed. I found his suggestions to be tersely worded and lacking the "fleshing out" helpfulness characteristic in Rickards previous chapters. When I finished this much anticipated section I sensed Rickards had deliberately withheld information the average reader needed to understand and apply his suggestions and ideas. Was this in order to get the reader to subscribe to his Agora Financial Newsletter? I took the bait and subscribed ($99) knowing I could get my money back if unsatisfied. Guess what. That membership quickly supplied me with one book and two reports that supplied the missing information. Thank you. But, why was that information not simply included in the book? That investment newsletter marketing ploy is my only criticism of this book. In every other way I found the book interesting and educational.
The typical free trade policies have led to the gutting of US manufacturing, and the loss of the jobs on which the middle class used to depend. (Remember that working class white voters used to be the backbone of the Democratic Party!) If President Trump can shift our trade policies so that a certain amount of manufacturing returns to the US, he will have done generations of Americans a great favor. Rickards shows how so-called "free" trade really isn't free.
By far the most important part of the book is the case it makes for a coming financial panic. Rickards does not identify the precise cause, although he does say that the cause will be a liquidity crisis in one part of the financial market, which will spread to all other parts. He does lay out the reasons why he feels that such a crisis, exponentially larger than previous ones, is almost inevitable at this point. There is some general advice on tactics to protect yourself during such an event -- a process, really, since it would take years to work itself out. Other forms of self-protection are easily inferred from the analysis. All in all, I believe this is one of the most important financial books in years.
I was looking forward to giving it five stars for so prophetically portraying a possible demise of America as we know it today. Unfortunately I was very disappointed that the author took a massive detour to highlight perceived police brutality. I realize this is a sensitive issue with our society, but when I was on the ground at 2 am, January 1st of 2015, fighting a guy who had tried to assault me, you bet I sure loved the blue squad cars that delivered public servants who took over and arrested the social blight that tried to harm me. Now I live in western Alaska where police presence is decidedly less obvious than the lower 48. Walking on the boardwalk near my house two days ago I witnessed a huge blood spot on the walkway. People should try living in a locality with less law enforcement before they bash the thin blue line.
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I must thank James Rickards for his excellent work.