- Paperback: 144 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 3 edition (April 16, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1544688873
- ISBN-13: 978-1544688879
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #470,158 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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What makes it ring true is that Zippy happened on this insight by being a dot-com investor, founder of multiple companies, and later a knowledgeable spectator of the 2008 financial disaster. In the Prefaces, and especially Question 28, he links the disaster to what he calls "faux wealth" and traces it right back to usury, as defined in crystal clear fashion by St. Thomas Aquinas in De Malo (Question 52 - the entire book is in FAQ format - with original Latin "Ad decimumquintum dicendum" on page 104). And this is just one of several bright rays of light that the book shines on our screeching, dysfunctional economic world, always from an unexpected direction, and always countercultural.
The physical book is a masterpiece; the cover looks and even feels good. (Full disclosure: the Typesetter, listed as a co-author, is my son, who discovered Zippy and his blog and later informed me about his book.) The book doesn't answer all questions: for instance (Question 54) if savings naturally decay according to the Second Law of Thermodynamics, how have average people been building retirement plans with positive real rates of return for hundreds of years? And one would really like to know more about Zippy and his experience. But as a thought-provoking excursion into an alien land of mental clarity, I can wholeheartedly recommend this book for reading and reference.