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The Secret Life of Real Estate and Banking Hardcover – March 1, 2009

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"Both exciting and timely. It provides detailed insight on how the addiction to land speculation became the foundation of the United States of America"  —Progress Magazine, Australia



"Recounts the history of land speculation and the reasons for it from the early days of American settlement through to the present era."  —Australian Investment Association


"I recommend you read Phil's book. It's one of the best books ever written on long-term real-estate cycles." —Harry S. Dent Jr., Senior Editor, Survive & Prosper

About the Author

Phillip J. Anderson is the founder and managing director of Economic Indicator Services, an economic forecasting service that specializes in business, commodity, and real estate cycles.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Shepheard-Walwyn (March 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0856832634
  • ISBN-13: 978-0856832635
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,953 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
It's no surprise the first reviewer gave this 5 stars. It's simply one of the most unique books out there on real estate cycles.
Often the general public are not very good at identifying experts; when it comes to real estate cycles, Phil Anderson or Fred Harrison are hard to beat.
Unfortunately many readers want to keep it a secret, these people will be happy to know that this book is unlikely to be in Oprah's book club so its contents are safe from the masses. It is around 450 pages, so take your time and study it. I suggest also using it as a reference to watch how Phil's wisdom unfolds into the future in a repetitive fashion.

After reading, you will be dumbfounded how economists have missed what Is taught in this book. Phil is masterful when it comes to demonstrating how to forecast and time downturns and whether its likely to be a minor or major one. More importantly, Phil provides essentials and nuances so you can learn to do it yourself. He exposes the true cause of major downturns and how the cause is still with us; hence we are sure to have another boom-bust.

Whether you are involved in property, banking or financial markets, this book is sure to become a classic in your library and one of the best investment you are likely to make. "The Secret Life of Real Estate and Banking" and Fred Harrison's works are the only books you really need on subject. They are also damn good reading; I own two copies to ensure I can pass this gift on to my children.
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P.J. Anderson gives such a clear and precise insight, on the history of American economic development, that even a non-economist can understand how we've arrived at the current real estate boom-bust cycle fiasco. The book unequivocally demonstrates how the cycle will repeat as regularly as clock-work, as it has done for the last 200 years, with a touch of Mark Twain's style.
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At some points, without an adequate background in this subject, I struggled. But that was of no consequence; the material is fascinating and the history, a set of amazing stories, builds a picture of 'how things really are' in the material world. I am extremely grateful the author made the effort to put this information into print.

However, some people will dismiss its conclusions, I'm on the author's side here but can offer nothing to change such views. So maybe it comes down to it being a bet as to who is right. Overall, economists of nearly every hue have failed to impress me, but those that do are referenced in this book - and they are kept in the shadows thanks to the boundaries of a selective educational system. So all this enigmatic talk may serve to indicate how deep the material actually goes, or can go for a receptive mind. As simple history it's a revelation. I had no idea the world has consistently been so corrupt!

Overall this is one of a few books I would want the people I love to know and understand, even at a basic level.

Thank you Phil. (I think the sting is in the Dragon’s Tail.)
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For all of those cultural risk takers that think 'safe as houses' - I suggest - read this as an antidote.
History has a habit of repeating in very unpleasant ways. Buyer beware or perhaps beware of cycle tops.
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Well written book with important insights as to how the economy works. I've never met/heard/read an investment adviser/realtor who had any idea of the basic and fundamental elements of how the world works that are described in this book. Generally we accept what we hear and read in the main stream media, the economy is a mystery and we should the heed the advice of politicians, experts and economists. But none of them know anything. Anderson is a pragmatist and even though he doesn't admit it in the book, I think a libertarian. As anyone should be if they have read the book and understood it. I read it twice and made notes the second time. There is no mention of the pernicious effect of inflation and the financial repression that all Western governments exact upon their citizens. But with the knowledge in the book the reader can now understand the economy that arises from enclosing the economic rent from land. This is such a simple premise and makes perfect sense. Anderson's book should be more widely read.
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Every now and again in life you find something that genuinely blows your socks off.

If you've ever considered real estate as an investment, or are even buying a house just to live in, you must read this book.

The first half of the book provides an in depth history illustrating the real estate cycle.

I love history, so ate this up, but if you're not a history buff or have trouble getting into this part please persist.

It is vital you follow this portion to verify what you'll read in the second half of the book.

Just ignore the slightly creepy cover art; you need this book.

Read for: Definitive info on real estate cycles. http://www.unassumingreader.com
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I've been in real estate for over 30 years and this is the best book on the history of real estate and it's cycles and how they work and come about. You'll be surprised what you read that is FOR SURE!

I loved this book!

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