This is a well researched and informative book for anyone looking to understand our global monetary system as well as domestic monetary system. It conveys lots of information in a very understandable context. Well worth the price!
Great audiobook. Scary to think how world currency's are manipulated. James Rickards is brilliant the way he tells how it is.
New at audible....amazed by the possibilities to increase a lot the quantity of book I can touch!
the performance is very good and the book itself is perfect for the time where we live.
i will jump into the more understand of problems and theories discussed in the book: complex systems and finantial wars.
This book is a real eye opener. I am glad I understand this book but it is a little scary knowing the Federal Reserve bank and other central banks are continuously cooking the books in a manner that would land central bankers in prison if they were subject to private sector securities regulations.
Very informative yet dense, which overall is a good thing. Something you really need to focus on; I'll probably have to listen at least a second time.
Though a few years outdated, I see many of his predictions appearing to unfold, but differently.
I see the financial wars unfolding though, just in a different way. It is scary to play this if China and Russia allied against the U.S. and western governments. Wait...this is already forming. At least OPEC isn't as powerful as before. But I'm more worried now with numerous central banks worldwide devaluing their currencies, similarly copying our QE program. Well this has started the war; how the US responds could make a huge impact. For the sake of the citizens, I hope we refrain from further devaluation/ inflation. Unfortunately history - our track record - shows otherwise.
Faced with mindless duty, when an audio book player slips into a rear pocket and mini buds pop into ears, old is made new again.
“Currency Wars” is a disturbing book because it conjures a wolf to blow your house down whether made of brick or straw. James Rickards is telling us the sky is falling because we are in a war that cannot be won without returning American dollar$ to a gold standard. The argument is that returning to a gold standard will create a level playing field for currency that will stabilize the economy and break down barriers to free trade; i.e. not free trade exactly but regulated trade. Somehow, currency backed by gold will be more stable than the full faith and credit of a government—really?
With gold at $1600 per ounce, if the dollar were pegged to gold, the value of gold would jump by a factor of 5 or maybe 10 so the rich can get richer and the middle class and poor can go fish.
Rickards argues that America has fought two currency wars in its history and is now in the middle of its third war; using weapons that cannot defend America from an economic collapse. He believes Bernanke misreads a primary cause of the depression; Rickards believes Bernanke is steering the U.S.’ economy into a ditch. Rickards argues that “quantitative easing” is a road to hyper-inflation and economic calamity because it artificially stimulates the economy with newly printed money that has no intrinsic value. Rickards suggests that the Euro crises are examples of currency instability and unpredictability in many battles being fought in the currency wars. For example, his assessment is that political and economic interests of China and Germany are the only glue that keeps countries like Greece from economic collapse.
Rickards is an attorney and an economist. That makes him capable of structuring an argument about the economy with more credibility than a bumbling blogger. However, to this bumbler, Rickards’ arguments are specious. First, other economists disagree with Rickard’s considered argument about the gold standard, Ben Bernanke for one. Second, what evidence is there that one country’s decision to return to a gold standard will reduce economic conflict among nations?
Currency wars are real but America has fought them before with results that have made it the bully of the world. Maybe America needs to learn how to be a little more humble rather than gamble on a currency play that has as much chance of causing as curing world economic collapse.
Heavy on theory and application. Also wraps up with what the author thinks can be done to solve some the problems outlined. Some of the topics are over the heads of the average consumer, however the author does an excellent job of defining and explains these topics. Highly recommended reading.