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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
"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
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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.
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.)
History has a habit of repeating in very unpleasant ways. Buyer beware or perhaps beware of cycle tops.
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
I loved this book!
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If you ever wondered whether there was a pattern to the real estate and stock markets then wonder no more. This book shows clearly just how it happens and why. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Aaron Parker
This is the best real estate and investing book that you could ever buy.
Well written, researched and offers new material and insights into the land cycle that drives... Read more
Phillip Anderson is a master of his art. Not only in theory but far more importantly in the practical applications. J. GogosPublished 9 months ago by Amazon Customer