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Darwin8u

Darwin8u Mesa, AZ, United States Member Since 2011

A part-time buffoon and ersatz scholar specializing in BS, pedantry, schmaltz and cultural coprophagia.

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  • "Making the system deliver on its pr..."

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    There was a temptation to write my review before I had finished reading. To get there first before other reviewers. This race to be first, however, sometimes requires a pause, a reflection about what speed, transparency, fairness all actually require from individuals and companies. The world of finance is often opaque. Between executing a trade with your broker and another individual accepting that trade through their broker there is a ghost world operating on mico-slices of a second. It is a world filled with algorithms that are all focused on a zero-sum game where the individual seems to lose every single trade. It is a wild west were everyone is getting the shaft, except for the large banks and the high-speed traders.

    No one is better at exploring the technical world of money and finance on Wall Street (and in Sports) than Michael Lewis. His talent is most obvious in his ability to spot inconsistencies, absurdities, and flaws in a system and explain them using great characters and narratives that the characters tell themselves. There is no Moneyball without Billy Beane, there is no Blind Side without Leigh Tuohy and Michael Oher, and there is no Liar's Poker without John Meriwether and John Gutfreund. There would also be no Flash Boys without Sergey Aleynikov, Brad Katsuyama and Ronan Ryan.

    These characters MAKE this book great. Lewis, however, is what makes this story vibrantly great. He is a master of the New New Journalism narrative, a master of timing, and a master of getting to the story before the other suckers do. And... he appears to do it not just because he is fantastically good at it, but from all appearances because, like Brad Katsuyama, Lewis actually gives a micro-F about making the system deliver on its promise

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    Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt

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    Michael Lewis returns to the financial world to give listeners a ringside seat as the biggest news story in years prepares to hit Wall Street....

    Darwin8u says: "Making the system deliver on its promise."
  • "We are all debtors anyway."

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    A fascinating exploration of debt, money, barter, and the credit systems used by man for thousands of years. Sure it has biases and like 'Capital in the Twenty-First Century' is a bit too idealistic, but still -- wow -- an amazing book. While most economic books are still battling over the binary capitalism::socialism salvos, Graeber quietly flips both boats (or if not flips, rocks both boats HARD).

    I mean really, when was the last time my wife let me read to her about social and economic transactions? Answer: Never. She has NEVER, EVER before let me read to her about money or debt or interest rates or the buying and selling of goods. This was an early rule in our marriage. It was practically a sacred cow, a promise made with a flesh-debt. We even broke bread sticks over it (I still have my stale tally). We kept our bargain, till this book, till last night. THAT is how good it is.

    Anyway, go ahead read it in bed. Read it to your wife -- in bed. If you are really equals she will tell you after a few minutes whether she is in your debt, or you are in hers. And, that's OK. We are all debtors anyway.

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    Debt: The First 5,000 Years

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    • By David Graeber
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    Every economics textbook says the same thing: Money was invented to replace onerous and complicated barter systems - to relieve ancient people from having to haul their goods to market. The problem with this version of history? There’s not a shred of evidence to support it. Here anthropologist David Graeber presents a stunning reversal of conventional wisdom. He shows that for more than 5,000 years, since the beginnings of the first agrarian empires, humans have used elaborate credit systems to buy and sell goods - that is, long before the invention of coins or cash.

    E. J. Ford says: "Stands Economics on Its Head"
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  • Currency Wars: The Making of the Next Global Crises

    "Should Be Required Reading"

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    This is an amazing book. It begins like a spy novel and then takes you through the history of the demise of the gold standard and the rise of central banking. Rickards then explains why the complexity of the current world makes Bernanke's social experiment in trying to reflate the economy by printing money extremely dangerous. This book will make you think. It will make you scared. It will make you understand why we are on an unsustainable path and must break up the financial world into smaller and more understandable pieces with currency backed by a real asset.

  • The Real Crash: America's Coming Bankruptcy - How to Save Yourself and Your Country

    "Important Book with Somewhat Misleading Title"

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    Peter Schiff offers a detailed and devastating criticism of the Fed and the federal government. He makes a compelling argument that the federal government has expanded far beyond the Constitutional limits. He also makes a convincing case that the fiscal path our country is on is unsustainable and may lead to a financial crash more devastating than 2008.

    Schiff also lays out an alternative path for the country; a path in which a far smaller federal government stays out of our lives, and where individuals have the freedom to lead their own lives and to take responsibility for their future. The responsibility for taking care of the poor and infirm is returned, as it had existed for centuries, to local governments and churches and charitable institutions. As Schiff points out, this alternative vision for America is not new; it is what the country was before the Fed, the New Deal, and the ever increasing expansion of the federal government.

    Schiff also offers compromise proposals, which he deems more politically achievable. The alternative vision would, in general, decrease the size of the federal government and gradually phase out government transfer programs, using means testing as an interim measure.

    Essentially, Schiff presents a Libertarian view of what the country should be. Libertarian philosophy generally offends Democrats (because it would shrink the federal government substantially) and certain elements of the Republican Party (less government interference means legalizing drugs and a less aggressive military). However, it has the virtue of at least being consistent (less government in every aspect of our lives) while the current parties each support an expanding federal government (and greater intrusion) one way or the other.

    Schiff's book lays out the Libertarian case in detail. The book is important because many people really do not understand Libertarian philosophy, although many clearly agree with at least substantial parts of it.

    One cautionary note: The book does NOT lay out in any detail how to invest for or protect yourself from the crash Schiff is certain is coming. He summarizes his views in one chapter. Those looking for investment advice should read Schiff's other books. The title is misleading in this respect.

  • Freakonomics: Revised Edition

    "Interesting Connections"

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    I had been meaning to read this book for a long time. It really makes some very fascinating connections and allows one to see the world in a different light.

    One thing that bothered me is that the book rather uncritically suggests that my hometown of Atlanta was a hotbed of Klan activity. Although there was Klan activity in Atlanta and most of the South (and in other parts of the country), the book does not mention that Atlanta (birthplace of Dr. King) also boasts a long history of African-American entrepreneurship. Further, the City of Atlanta has had African-American mayors since the 1970s. At another point, the book suggests the crime rate here is very high. Yes, Atlanta has crime, but the City of Atlanta is a small part (about 500,000 people) of a 5.5 million metropolitan community. Crime stats focusing only on the City can be misleading.

    These observations should not detract anyone from reading the book, but since the authors focus on discovering the truth about connections others do not make, I felt it important to make these points.

  • Financial Reckoning Day Fallout: Surviving Today's Global Depression

    "What's the Point?"

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    I kept thinking there would be a point to this excruciatingly long (18 hours) book. Basically, the message of the book is that financial bubbles are an inherent part of human nature; fiat currency (paper money) never works; Allen Greenspan did nothing but inflate bubble after bubble; the dollar is bound to fail; eventually, and probably sooner rather than later, there will be financial ruin; gold is generally a good idea, but, at this point, there is really nothing one can do to avoid the coming financial collapse. The book is punctuated with quite a few interesting historical examples, but meanders from topic to topic like a drunk in search of a new bar (the authors like to make statements like that). This book is terribly in need of (1) extreme pruning, and (2) a point. There are lots of books with a similar point of view. Peter Schiff comes to mind. Peter at least gives some ideas about how to deal with the rapidly falling dollar. As for this one, my advice is don't waste your time. If you are bound to try it, listen to the last two or three hours and you will get the gist of it.

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  • "Wow! Fantastic! I loved it! Ente..."

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    It has a guy Brad who is my hero. It reads like a John Grisham novel, but it’s a true story about stock exchanges, high frequency traders, and dark pools. The author is great at explaining complicated technical subjects and telling a good story around them. In the middle of the book I was so angry at the rip-off of investors, I was thinking of writing letters. But by the end of the book, I didn’t have to. Some good things happened. And now, various government agencies are investigating the problems described in the book - SEC, FBI, CFTC, FINRA, NY attorney general, and US attorney general.

    The audiobook narrator Dylan Baker was excellent.

    Genre: financial nonfiction

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    Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt

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    Michael Lewis returns to the financial world to give listeners a ringside seat as the biggest news story in years prepares to hit Wall Street....

    Darwin8u says: "Making the system deliver on its promise."

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    Fire in the Ashes: Twenty-Five Years Among the Poorest Children in America (






UNABRIDGED) by Jonathan Kozol Narrated by Keythe Farley

    Fire in the Ashes: Twenty-Five Years Among the Poorest Children in America

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    In this powerful and culminating work about a group of inner-city children he has known for many years, Jonathan Kozol returns to the scene of his prize-winning books Rachel and Her Children and Amazing Grace, and to the children he has vividly portrayed, to share with us their fascinating journeys and unexpected victories as they grow into adulthood. For nearly 50 years Jonathan has pricked the conscience of his readers by laying bare the savage inequalities inflicted upon children for no reason but the accident of being born to poverty within a wealthy nation.

  • 4.5 (4269 ratings)
    The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine (






UNABRIDGED) by Michael Lewis Narrated by Jesse Boggs

    The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine

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    • By Michael Lewis
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    Who understood the risk inherent in the assumption of ever-rising real-estate prices, a risk compounded daily by the creation of those arcane, artificial securities loosely based on piles of doubtful mortgages? Michael Lewis turns the inquiry on its head to create a fresh, character-driven narrative brimming with indignation and dark humor, a fitting sequel to his number-one best-selling Liar’s Poker.

    Jay says: "Informative and Engaging"
  • 4.3 (1805 ratings)
    Boomerang: Travels in the New Third World (






UNABRIDGED) by Michael Lewis Narrated by Dylan Baker

    Boomerang: Travels in the New Third World

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    The tsunami of cheap credit that rolled across the planet between 2002 and 2008 was more than a simple financial phenomenon: it was temptation, offering entire societies the chance to reveal aspects of their characters they could not normally afford to indulge. The Greeks wanted to turn their country into a pinata stuffed with cash and allow as many citizens as possible to take a whack at it. The Germans wanted to be even more German; the Irish wanted to stop being Irish.

    Andy says: "we may not be the most stupid kids on the planet"
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    Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt (






UNABRIDGED) by Michael Lewis Narrated by Dylan Baker

    Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt

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    Michael Lewis returns to the financial world to give listeners a ringside seat as the biggest news story in years prepares to hit Wall Street....

    Darwin8u says: "Making the system deliver on its promise."
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  • 4.4 (584 ratings)
    The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism (






ABRIDGED) by Naomi Klein Narrated by Jennifer Wiltsie

    The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism

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    • By Naomi Klein
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    In her ground-breaking reporting, Naomi Klein introduced the term "disaster capitalism". Whether covering Baghdad after the U.S. occupation, Sri Lanka in the wake of the tsunami, or New Orleans post-Katrina, she witnessed something remarkably similar. People still reeling from catastrophe were being hit again, this time with economic "shock treatment": losing their land and homes to rapid-fire corporate makeovers.

    Nika says: "You can't be neutral..."
  • 4.4 (504 ratings)
    Free to Choose: A Personal Statement (






UNABRIDGED) by Milton Friedman, Rose Friedman Narrated by James Adams

    Free to Choose: A Personal Statement

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    • By Milton Friedman, Rose Friedman
    • Narrated By James Adams
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    Milton Friedman and his wife, Rose, teamed up to write this most convincing and readable guide, which illustrates the crucial link between Adam Smith's capitalism and the free society. They show how freedom has been eroded and prosperity undermined through the rapid growth of governmental agencies, laws, and regulations.

    Erik says: "Fantastic"
  • 4.3 (420 ratings)
    Griftopia: Bubble Machines, Vampire Squids, and the Long Con That Is Breaking America (






UNABRIDGED) by Matt Taibbi Narrated by Patrick Egan

    Griftopia: Bubble Machines, Vampire Squids, and the Long Con That Is Breaking America

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    • By Matt Taibbi
    • Narrated By Patrick Egan
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    The financial crisis that exploded in 2008 isn’t past but prologue. The stunning rise, fall, and rescue of Wall Street in the bubble-and-bailout era was the coming-out party for the network of looters who sit at the nexus of American political and economic power. The grifter class - made up of the largest players in the financial industry and the politicians who do their bidding - has been growing in power for a generation.

    Jerome says: "News In America"
  • Think Like a Freak: The Authors of Freakonomics Offer to Retrain Your Brain (






UNABRIDGED) by Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner Narrated by Stephen J. Dubner

    Think Like a Freak: The Authors of Freakonomics Offer to Retrain Your Brain

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner
    • Narrated By Stephen J. Dubner
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    The New York Times best-selling Freakonomics changed the way we see the world, exposing the hidden side of just about everything. Now, with Think Like a Freak, Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner have written their most revolutionary book yet. With their trademark blend of captivating storytelling and unconventional analysis, they take us inside their thought process and offer a blueprint for an entirely new way to solve problems. The topics range from business to philanthropy to sports to politics, all with the goal of retraining your brain.

    flossdaily says: "Very little new material - deceptively short"
  • Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt (






UNABRIDGED) by Michael Lewis Narrated by Dylan Baker

    Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Michael Lewis
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
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    Michael Lewis returns to the financial world to give listeners a ringside seat as the biggest news story in years prepares to hit Wall Street....

    Darwin8u says: "Making the system deliver on its promise."
  • Freakonomics: Revised Edition (






UNABRIDGED) by Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner Narrated by Stephen J. Dubner

    Freakonomics: Revised Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner
    • Narrated By Stephen J. Dubner
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    Steven D. Levitt is not a typical economist. He is a much-heralded scholar who studies the riddles of everyday life, from cheating and crime to sports and child-rearing, and whose conclusions turn the conventional wisdom on its head. Thus the new field of study contained in this audiobook: Freakonomics. Levitt and co-author Stephen J. Dubner show that economics is, at root, the study of incentives: how people get what they want, or need, especially when other people want or need the same thing.

    David says: "Good, but be careful"
  • Economics: Making sense of the Modern Economy: The Economist (






UNABRIDGED) by Saguao Datta (editor) Narrated by David Thorpe

    Economics: Making sense of the Modern Economy: The Economist

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    • By Saguao Datta (editor)
    • Narrated By David Thorpe
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    A radically revised new edition of this highly readable, popular guide aimed at everyone from students to statesmen who want to make sense of the modern economy and grasp how economic theory works in practice. It starts with the basics, and from the underlying theory it moves to the specifics of the world economy, including an analysis of the recent recession. The closing part puts the usefulness and the failings of economics under the spotlight, and looks at the innovative approaches being developed to address these failings.

    Mark York says: "A smorgasbord of old Economist articles."
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  • Stress Test: Reflections on Financial Crises (






UNABRIDGED) by Timothy F. Geithner Narrated by Timothy F. Geithner

    Stress Test: Reflections on Financial Crises

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    On January 26, 2009, during the depth of the financial crisis and having just completed five years as President of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Timothy F. Geithner was sworn in by President Barack Obama as the 75th Secretary of the Treasury of the United States. Now, in a strikingly candid, riveting, and historically illuminating memoir, Geithner takes listeners behind the scenes during the darkest moments of the crisis.

    Jean says: "Gripping"
  • Business Adventures: Twelve Classic Tales from the World of Wall Street

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    • By John Brooks
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    What do the $350 million Ford Motor Company disaster known as the Edsel, the fast and incredible rise of Xerox, and the unbelievable scandals at General Electric and Texas Gulf Sulphur have in common? Each is an example of how an iconic company was defined by a particular moment of fame or notoriety; these notable and fascinating accounts are as relevant today to understanding the intricacies of corporate life as they were when the events happened.

  • The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine (






UNABRIDGED) by Michael Lewis Narrated by Jesse Boggs

    The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Michael Lewis
    • Narrated By Jesse Boggs
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    Who understood the risk inherent in the assumption of ever-rising real-estate prices, a risk compounded daily by the creation of those arcane, artificial securities loosely based on piles of doubtful mortgages? Michael Lewis turns the inquiry on its head to create a fresh, character-driven narrative brimming with indignation and dark humor, a fitting sequel to his number-one best-selling Liar’s Poker.

    Jay says: "Informative and Engaging"
  • The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail - but Some Don't (






UNABRIDGED) by Nate Silver Narrated by Mike Chamberlain

    The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail - but Some Don't

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Nate Silver
    • Narrated By Mike Chamberlain
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    Nate Silver built an innovative system for predicting baseball performance, predicted the 2008 election within a hair’s breadth, and became a national sensation as a blogger - all by the time he was 30. The New York Times now publishes FiveThirtyEight.com, where Silver is one of the nation’s most influential political forecasters. Drawing on his own groundbreaking work, Silver examines the world of prediction, investigating how we can distinguish a true signal from a universe of noisy data.

    Grant says: "Hot"
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  • SuperFreakonomics (






UNABRIDGED) by Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner Narrated by Stephen J. Dubner

    SuperFreakonomics

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    SuperFreakonomics challenges the way we think all over again, exploring the hidden side of everything with such questions as: How is a street prostitute like a department-store Santa? What do hurricanes, heart attacks, and highway deaths have in common? Can eating kangaroo save the planet? Levitt and Dubner mix smart thinking and great storytelling like no one else.

    Rich says: "Worth Your Time"
  • Financial Peace Revisited (






UNABRIDGED) by Dave Ramsey Narrated by Nick Sullivan

    Financial Peace Revisited

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    Dave Ramsey's New York Times best-selling guide to better living through financial security, now completely revised and updated.

    Cecil says: "A Revisit to Financial Peace University"
  • Financial Literacy: Finding Your Way in the Financial Markets (






UNABRIDGED) by The Great Courses Narrated by Professor Connel Fullenkamp

    Financial Literacy: Finding Your Way in the Financial Markets

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    With record-breaking highs one minute and economy-rocking lows the next, it can seem as if there's no way to feel truly comfortable in the mysterious world of finance. But there is, and it's more accessible than you might think. Financial Literacy: Finding Your Way in the Financial Markets is an essential primer on this domain, from its functions, strengths, and possibilities to its weaknesses and vulnerabilities

    Lynn says: "Clear, Concise and Easy Listening"
  • Behavioral Economics: When Psychology and Economics Collide  by The Great Courses Narrated by Professor Scott Huettel

    Behavioral Economics: When Psychology and Economics Collide

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    • By The Great Courses
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    Behavioral economics is the study of decision making, and of the related themes of valuation, exchange, and interpersonal interactions. Using methods from psychology, sociology, neurology, and economics, behavioral economics sheds light one of the most fundamental activities of human life: the decision process. In 24 insightful lectures, you'll learn how behavioral economists look at decision making and explore a set of key principles that offer deep insight into how we evaluate information and integrate different factors to make decisions.

    Saud says: "Stating the Obvious"
  • Big Picture Economics: How to Navigate the New Global Economy (






UNABRIDGED) by Joel Naroff, Ron Scherer Narrated by L. J. Ganser

    Big Picture Economics: How to Navigate the New Global Economy

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    • By Joel Naroff, Ron Scherer
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    The world is awash with economic information. Governments release reports. Pundits give their interpretation on television. And the stock market may go its own way, confusing everyone. How can you better understand what it means for you? Big Picture Economics, a new book by award-winning columnist and futurist Joel Naroff and veteran journalist Ron Scherer, says the thread that ties everything together is "context".

  • Exit Ramp: A Short Case Study of the Profitability of Panhandling (






UNABRIDGED) by David P. Spears II Narrated by Sean Schroeder

    Exit Ramp: A Short Case Study of the Profitability of Panhandling

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    Have you ever wondered how much that guy with the cardboard sign makes? One economics student did and he decided to find out. During the summer of his senior year at college, while earning a B.A. in Economics and Political Science, David P. Spears spent 80 hours undercover as a panhandler. Systematically recording every transaction at the exit ramp, Spears captured a rarely seen picture of how modern urban charity works.

    Happy Holly says: "Factual yet fascinating"
  • How to Fight NWO Economics: My Predictions for Housing Bubbles (






UNABRIDGED) by Gary Anderson Narrated by Kenneth Lee

    How to Fight NWO Economics: My Predictions for Housing Bubbles

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    The smoking guns and real causes of the credit crisis are revealed in this audiobook. And we now know that Tim Geithner stopped prosecutions in their tracks of big bankers as a Federal Reserve mole appointed to secretary of the Treasury. He hurt mainstreet, justice, and the rule of law. He damaged the trust people have in their bankers. Bankers are no longer trustworthy, especially as they offer toxic loans and toxic investments.

  • Capital: The Eruption of Delhi (






UNABRIDGED) by Rana Dasgupta Narrated by Dana Hickox

    Capital: The Eruption of Delhi

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    In Capital, Commonwealth Prize-winning author Rana Dasgupta examines one of the great trends of our time: The expansion of the global elite. Capital is an intimate portrait of the city of Delhi, which bears witness to the extraordinary transmogrification of India's capital. But it also offers a glimpse of what capitalism will become in the coming, post-Western world. The story of Delhi is a parable for where we are all headed.

    Alain says: "RUINED BY READER"
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UNABRIDGED) by Gary Anderson Narrated by Kenneth Lee

    Ponzi Housing Scheme 21st Century: How the Ponzi House Crisis Was Contrived

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    The Ponzi Housing Scheme is the financial crime of the 21st century. It makes Madoff look like an amateur because of scale. The crime was sophisticated in it's plan. This crime violated laws on the books. It violated laws that should be on the books. And it violated the trust that people have with the banking community, and this violation reaches to the highest bankers in the land and off our shores. This crime is complex, but it is not rocket science. The proof of culpability can be known.

  • Ethics Volume Five: Business Ethics, Volume 5 (






UNABRIDGED) by Henry Harrison Epps Jr Narrated by Jaicie Kirkpatrick

    Ethics Volume Five: Business Ethics, Volume 5

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    • By Henry Harrison Epps Jr
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    Ethics Vol V talks about business philosophy and how business ethics affect every sector of our society. After the 2008 prime mortgage collapse the business sector must investigate how could this happen, and how could it affect the global market.

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UNABRIDGED) by Khafra K Om-Ra-Seti Narrated by Alan Courtright

    Global Economic Boom and Bust Cycles: The Great Depression and Recovery of the 21st Century

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Khafra K Om-Ra-Seti
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    As a self-proclaimed futurist and economic thinker, Khafra sees a world bordering on economic calamity but also understands that our world has the technological genius to create the conditions for a massive transformation after a period of purgatory. The central thesis of this book is to examine the power and massive influence of Boom and Bust Cycles on a global scale; a parallel mission is to also examine elements, technologies and systems that will give rise to a new era during our next recovery phase.