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How An Economy Grows And Why It Crashes Audiobook

How An Economy Grows And Why It Crashes

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How an Economy Grows and Why it Crashes uses illustration, humor, and accessible storytelling to explain complex topics of economic growth and monetary systems. In it, economic expert and bestselling author of Crash Proof, Peter Schiff teams up with his brother Andrew to apply their signature "take no prisoners" logic to expose the glaring fallacies that have become so ingrained in our country's economic conversation.

Inspired by How an Economy Grows and Why It Doesn't - a previously published book by the Schiffs' father Irwin, a widely published economist and activist - How an Economy Grows and Why It Crashes incorporates the spirit of the original while tackling the latest economic issues.

With wit and humor, the Schiffs explain the roots of economic growth, the uses of capital, the destructive nature of consumer credit, the source of inflation, the importance of trade, savings, and risk, and many other topical principles of economics.

The tales told here may appear simple of the surface, but they will leave you with a powerful understanding of How an Economy Grows and Why it Crashes.

©2010 Peter D. Schiff and Andrew J. Schiff. All rights reserved. (P)2010 Audible, Inc

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    Matt 02-05-15
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    "Awesome book"

    This book basically opened my mind to how economy's of the past grew and why our current system is inferior and unfortunately about to fall. It was a great book they use facts to back thier data up and I would recommend it to anyone interested in the economy

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    NewHorizons Los Angeles, CA 02-04-15
    NewHorizons Los Angeles, CA 02-04-15 Member Since 2015

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    "Should be included in all high school curriculum!"

    This is basic information most people don't know. Easily understood but very profound. A must read. Read it please. Ok

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    Brandon 01-13-15
    Brandon 01-13-15 Member Since 2016
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    Amazing and I love it and the reader was good too. I highly recommend it for everyone who's

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    James 06-08-14
    James 06-08-14
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    "MUST READ for economics dummies"
    What made the experience of listening to How An Economy Grows And Why It Crashes the most enjoyable?

    The story was extremely educational. A real simplistic look at how simple economics really are. And how our country has used past economic dominance to fool the rest of the world. It was a WAKE UP CALL


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    The reality checks, where Schiff constantly reflects the story with real happenings today.


    Which character – as performed by Peter D. Schiff and Andrew J. Schiff – was your favorite?

    Max Goodbank


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    It's short, and very simple. Thought it was very well read, and well told.

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    brent HANFORD, CA, United States 03-31-14
    brent HANFORD, CA, United States 03-31-14 Member Since 2005
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    "Fantastic and funny"
    What did you love best about How An Economy Grows And Why It Crashes?

    The story line is simple, engaging, and fits very well with the reality we see around us. The simple truth is that you can't spend more than you make. Our current economic policies will come due at some point, and this book does a great job of explaining how and why.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Economics, like religion or health, is often seen as an incomprehensible mess of contradictory guesswork; but it's not, or at least it doesn't have to be. This book begins with a short explanation of the two theories of economics, then teaches us economics by using a simple and continuous story. The story is built line by line, easy to follow, and only requires the smallest bit of non-reality to make economics as simple as can be.


    Which character – as performed by Peter D. Schiff and Andrew J. Schiff – was your favorite?

    I didn't pay a lot of attention to which author was reading what. Both read well, alternating between one reading the story and the other reading the explanation/takeaway.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I liked the book so much I bought the new hardcover collector's edition and plan to tell the story to my kids.


    Any additional comments?

    This book should be basic required reading for all Americans.

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    Esteban Monterrey, Mexico 03-27-14
    Esteban Monterrey, Mexico 03-27-14
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    "Excellent story, very usefull"
    Would you listen to How An Economy Grows And Why It Crashes again? Why?

    Is very usefull and makes you understand that all we need to be productive not only consumer, and get you in the knowledge of how an economy works


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    Scott Stevenson Ranch, CA, United States 01-23-14
    Scott Stevenson Ranch, CA, United States 01-23-14 Member Since 2012
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    "I Hope You Are Wearing a Seatbelt.."

    Not because of the pace of the book, but because of the impending crash that is looming in the not-too-distant horizon. Many reviewers have lamented that Schiff's witty story/text is too basic. I would agree on the point that it is basic, but surprisingly few seem to truly understand the content as the American public has elected economically ignorant government representatives for the past century or more.

    This book is witty (who knows how long it took them to come up with all of the fish-related names) and logical. I would use it if I taught a middle school or early high school economics class with the hope that it would sink in that our country...uh, I mean Usonia, is in DEEP trouble.

    A bit corny, pleasantly entertaining, and a good refresher. I hope more will listen and take the message to heart.

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    MoMo Washington, DC 01-16-14
    MoMo Washington, DC 01-16-14 Member Since 2016
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    "The most basic of economic explanations"
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    The most basic of explanations on how economies work and grow. This book definitely has a pro free-market/libertarian bias (which I completely agree with), but it was hard for even me to get through. Very, very basic. If you have ever taken a class on economics, pass. If you are a socialist, schooled in Lenin/Marxism, get this book.

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    brad United States 01-22-13
    brad United States 01-22-13
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    "Simple and effective"
    Would you listen to How An Economy Grows And Why It Crashes again? Why?

    Yes, to further appreciate basic economic principals including supply and demand and inflation.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Able


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The sale of the waterworks


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The making of the first net.


    Any additional comments?

    NA

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    D&J Robigana, Australia 01-13-13
    D&J Robigana, Australia 01-13-13
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    "It's the economy stupid!"
    What made the experience of listening to How An Economy Grows And Why It Crashes the most enjoyable?

    As with all education - start with simple concepts and then incorporate them in to the bigger structure. This made the larger structure later in the book comprehensible and to make clear the madness operating under the fabricated cloak of complexity.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    A collection of interesting characters drawn from real life illustrating not malicious intent, but human nature when freed from restraint.


    What does Peter D. Schiff and Andrew J. Schiff bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Performances are always entertaining when the characterisations are in line with the authors original intent.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    It's the economy stupid!


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