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on December 9, 2006
This is a 2 volume set, and it is long. The first book is in my opinion the better of the two. It goes into great detail about Socionomics and makes a very convincing augment. This book has shown the light on many things, and it is not simply geared to the stock market. I do believe in Elliot Wave, but do not trade by it as I have found it impractical. It has been most useful in my dealings with groups or organizations, how people think and will act based on their perceptions, even if they are wrong. Mr. Prechter does an excellent job driving home the human herding concept. It makes reading about the political actions in the newspaper make so much more sense now, and should provide future insight for years to come.

The best way to really describe the first book is an academic text book one would read in college, and at times the reading gets to be a bit heavy. And I would be remiss in this review not to mention Phi, and how he has tied it into nearly every aspect of nature. Completely fascinating!!! It has been a year since I read these and I can still recall the lessons in this book.

The second book I never made it through, I got about half way and finally gave up. It is all short essays/articles backed with newspaper clippings trying to show how the first book knew what it was talking about. If you understood the first book, there is little point in re-reading the same material presented in a different manner. However, I guess if you did not get the first book, the second may appeal to you instead.

Overall, this is a good purchase, if solely for its ability to point out what people around you will do based on actions and events surrounding them, right or wrong.
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on July 30, 2010
If you are tired of looking at every problem / situation "as a nail", because your only tool is a hammer, this work offers some exciting possibilities.

The author has given a mathematical as well as a psychological explanation of the stock markets and many areas of human behaviour. This work will give you great insight into yourself, your own motivations and behaviours. Of course, introspection is not something everybody has the mental or emotional stamina to undertake.

Bold ideas and alternative explanations of human events, as well as human behaviour are explained with both infallible logic as well as a fair amount of scientific evidence.

It is clear that Prechter is a firm believer in the Wave Principle, but the book is far from the product of a man with an agenda of a secret mission. The overall impression is that the author has discovered something important that he wishes to share with the rest of the world.

If you enjoy learning what motivates people and how society works - it will be a good read.
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on December 8, 2003
The previous reviewer really says it all, but I felt I would add to the commentary by posting my own 5 star, because this new boxed set truly deserves it.
As a fellow "Elliottician" for a number of years now I can say with great confidence that (especially for the new reader) Prechter's new boxed set is simply the best study and most complete explanation to "how things really work" that is currently out there. (Until, of course, I publish *my* studies, ha ha, just kidding Bob)
As I've often noted in previous reviews on Elliott Wave, the biggest problem is...most people just don't "get it"... Elliott Wave and is SO MUCH MORE than the financial markets. The fundamental discoveries that govern the Wave Principle and thus the behavior of the financial markets are the very same fundamental forces at work throughout the entire universe! Who cares about making a few bucks in the stupid stock market when, if you have a deep understanding of the Wave Principle, Socionomics, and science in general, you can begin to see how everything around us all ties together to form this awesome grand scheme of life and existance. A deep understanding of Elliott Wave and Fibonacci is the key to opening a whole new world of knowledge, application, and the birth of a new science!
With the publishing of this boxed set, I hope more people can come to realize that the universe is indeed a truly beautiful place and man has a deep intimate connection with it.
This boxed set is only the beginning of the wealth of knowledge that can be mined in this area. You just have to know what to look for, and these books give you an excellent foundation.
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on December 1, 2009
Prechter uses Elliott Wave principle to demonstrate the ebb and flow of social mood and the cultural consequences in movies, music, literature, clothing styles and other phenomenon observed over the decades. His analysis is useful in predicting what cultural trends will be occurring in the future as well as explaining current trends. I found the book fascinating in its depth and simplicity. Socionomics should be the center of cultural studies. Only Prechter could bring what could otherwise be very dry subject matter to life in this book. A must read for politicians, business owners, designers, music industry execs, movie studio execs and anyone who wants to see what is going on with "the herd."
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