This classic expose of the Fed has become one of the best-selling books in its category of all time. Where does money come from? Where does it go? Who makes it? The money magician's secrets are unveiled. Here is a close look at their mirrors and smoke machines, the pulleys, cogs, and wheels that create the grand illusion called money. A boring subject? Just wait. You'll be hooked in five minutes. It reads like a detective story - which it really is, but it's all true.
This book is about the most blatant scam of history. It's all here: the cause of wars, boom-bust cycles, inflation, depression, prosperity. Your world view will definitely change. Putting it quite simply, this may be the most important book on world affairs you will ever read.
The 5th Edition includes a no-holds barred analysis of bank bailouts under the Bush and Obama Administrations that are shown to be nothing less than legalized plunder of the American people. Many other updates have been added, including a revision to the list of those who attended the historic meeting at Jekyll Island, where the Federal Reserve was created.
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I do not have time to read whole volumes anymore. As the owner of a manufacturing plant, I choose to listen to books in my car and at work instead.
Ruskin/Rhodes and the formation of a world wide secret society for the purpose of total financial control of the world's finances.
Smooth voice inflexion.
I would love to, but 24 hours is a long time to listen in one sitting. You need time to digest, and even go back to listen and take notes as necessary.
Everyone should read this and absorb the significance of what is being put forward as the basis for this country's "wealth" and how the world might progress toward a "one world currency", irrespective of religious beliefs or suspicions.
An amazing account of the criminal banking cartel that has overtaken America. You are not informed about the economy unless you know about the Federal Reserve, and G. Edward Griffin lays out the history of the Fed and central banking in general in this masterpiece.
I was disappointed in this book. When I purchased this book, I had a basic understanding of how the Federal Reserve works, but I wanted to fill in the gaps in my understanding and learn about its founding. Alas this book did not help much in either regard.
The book begins to tell a well-crafted story about the trip to Jekyll Island, but after a few minutes the story ends before the participants actually reach the Island. And it doesn't follow that with a story of what happened after that meeting. Only if the reader has the patience to reach the later chapters of the book will he, unexpectedly, find some of that story. Instead the book spends the rest of the chapter and the bulk of the book apparently trying to bash the "The Creature" with innuendo, straw man beating, sarcasm and guilt by association.
The book does share quite a bit of information about anomalies and problems related to our banks, leaders, and financial system over the past two centuries, but very little of it has to do with the Federal Reserve. Ex. It vigorously points out that the FDIC apparently creates a moral hazard (and probably should be fixed). That's a great point, but the FDIC is not the Federal Reserve. -- It fails to describe where all the bailout money from the 2008 housing crisis went other than "to the banks". It doesn't mention the role of the defaulting homeowners other than to hint at them being victims. It doesn't cover what happened to the money the banks lent the home owners and that was not paid back when those home owners had to default on their loans. -- The book doesn't provide a history of financial systems being stable and non-recessionary before fiat- and fractional-reserve currency. -- It also justly points out that bank accounts really should be overtly advertised as time accounts instead of appearing to be demand accounts. That's a good point. But then it doesn't point out that banks are, by letting customers receive interest AND (not or) also withdraw their balances on demand, providing a better product for the customer than the banks reasonably can+should. ("Better" as long as one ignores the bank failures that seem to eventually occur as a result.) -- It blames the US departure from the gold standard on banks, and doesn't cover the implications of there already being more dollars in circulation than there was gold to cover them. That, and the government's role in that, needs to be covered if the author wants to blame the problem on the bankers of that time. -- The book makes an interesting point that if money is created only by lending it out for interest, there never will be enough money in circulation to pay the principal+interest off, but then the book seems to deny that conclusion by nebulously saying that the interest can be paid off with the value of labor. There is some logic to that statement, but it seems critically inconsistent with so many other statements in the book. -- These are just a sampling of the apparently important, yet incomplete, points found in the book. It is the perspective of the reviewer that the reader would have been better served if more of the book had been spent clarifying points like these and less on bashing.
Bottom line, you should not depend on this book to provide a balanced tutorial on the Federal Reserve. Nevertheless, it does provide one perspective and a lot of interesting facts and stories that the reader can treat as a list of topics to research on his own to get a more complete and balanced perspective.
This book could have been very useful - opinions and facts are too closely blurred. The author's own opinions weave in and out of every part of the book, I wouldn't recommend this to anyone looking to gain an unbiased opinion of the Fed.
I think every one needs to know about this story. It was the structured answer of many my questions that I had about money creation and banking/government relationship.
An amazing comprehensive argument for the elimination of the federal reserve. Anyone interested in freedom should immediately educate themselves on the enemy.
The trip into the future taken in the last chapter…
And in earlier chapters learning that money not politics controls the world.
This is not a book of characters being performed, it's a nonfiction about global control
It took me three days nonstop listening to complete this book
What draws us to the books we read? I have heard the Federal Reserve mentioned in other books, a paragraph here a chapter there. I only wanted to learn a little more about the federal reserve, but what I got instead was Morphious offering me the red or blue pill in the form of this fantastic book. If you choose the red pill and read this book, you will never see money the same way again.
I was expecting a simple book about bankers meeting in secret on an island, and what I got was so much more. This book takes us back into history, brings us up to present date, and my favorite part, A trip into the future that we can all see has already begun just by reading today's newspaper headlines.
I have to say that when I finished this book I no longer saw the world the same… I see it now as a much scarier place!
The book allows the reader to experience grand clarity of the current world economic system.
It will help all understanding readers to gain great motivation to plan their lives with the understanding that the government is perfectly able to steal every bit of it's citizen's wealth without any act of legislation.
Please read AND understand!
"Money=Debt. Debt=Money. If Debt =0 Money =0MG"
Descriptions and history of Gold backed Currencies, Fractional Reserve lending and fiat currency along with usury of of charging interest on fiat currency.
Rockerfellers as the big bad wolf. - they probably were!
Good clear annunciation and read. kept me listening with a great rhythm for this the of text.
OMG. Just OMG! Read this. Educate yourself and your family and then your friends.
Very well written and presented research, that had me gripped from start to finish. Only thing I can criticise is that there is no accompanying file with the foot note references, which the author mentions at the end and recommends purchasing a print edition. That really isn't a great solution for someone that has already bought the audio book.
An eye opening revelation of the true picture of our financial landscape!
A must listen seriously in depth look into our past and scary view into the future......
"A must listen if prepared to take action"
This is not a book for fun, entertainment or intellectual curiosity. You are going to be dragged from Plato's cave into the light and if you try to tell your friends it may well go badly for you. But this is precisely what this book is about; spreading the word before it's too late (if it's not already!). Listen to it if you're prepared to make some hard choices about the rest of your life.
"Long but worthwhile"
If everyone listened to this and fully understood it, the price of bitcoin would hit £1m each tomorrow.
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