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The best-selling author of The Death of Money and Currency Wars reveals the global elites' dark effort to hide a coming catastrophe from investors.

A drumbeat is sounding among the global elites. The signs of a worldwide financial meltdown are unmistakable. This time the elites have an audacious plan to protect themselves from the fallout: hoarding cash now and locking down the global financial system when a crisis hits.

Since 2014, international monetary agencies have been issuing warnings to a small group of finance ministers, banks, and private equity funds: The US government's cowardly choices not to prosecute J.P. Morgan and its ilk and to bloat the economy with a $4 trillion injection of easy credit are driving us headlong toward a cliff.

As Rickards shows in this frightening, meticulously researched book, governments around the world have no compunction about conspiring against their citizens. They will have stockpiled hard assets when stock exchanges are closed, ATMs shut down, money market funds frozen, asset managers instructed not to sell securities, negative interest rates imposed, and cash withdrawals denied.

If you want to plan for the risks ahead, you will need Rickards's cutting-edge synthesis of behavioral economics, history, and complexity theory. It's a guidebook to thinking smarter, acting faster, and living with the comforting knowledge that your wealth is secure.

The global elites don't want this book to exist. Their plan to herd us like sheep to the slaughter when a global crisis erupts - and, of course, to maintain their wealth - works only if we remain complacent and unaware. Thanks to The Road to Ruin, we don't need to be.

©2016 James Rickards (P)2016 Penguin Audio

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I really enjoy the information Rickards provides however if you've read or listen to his previous two books it's the same story retold with a different title.

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Rickards for President

Really like when the author is the narrator. Great perspective from a brillant mind. Love the insider details.

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Absolute MUST Read!

Probably the most revealing book I've ever read on finance, social issues or politics. It's the first time I've been exposed to a model which properly explains the root cause of 2008 GFC, not just the mechanics of what happened, highlighting why it was inevitable, and how the catalyst is just that...only a catalyst. It also makes interesting linkages to many other events, and points out where it is all undeniably going. This book is worth a lot to anyone who is paying attention. Thanks very much to the author!

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The most eye opening book written.

This book changed my perception of reality for the better. My economics degree is now obsolete.

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Ain't no rest for the wicked

This book is a wake up call for those still sleeping to what is going on in our world. It is a scary proposition and in a world of potential worst case scenarios, James paints a picture everyone should take heed. These things are already happening. I hope Janet Yellen and others read this. Regardless. You must!

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Authors... hire a professional

The content is interesting, yet the author makes it a drag to hear it, due to his monotone, boring speach. There's a reason why there's professional voice over: it takes non ordinary skills. If you're interested in the contents of this book, I'd suggest reading it rather than hearing it.

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Comprehensive and enlightening

Wow. Not just unsubstantiated opinion but comprehensive explanation. This guy knows his stuff. Listening again for sure.

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  • Jeb
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Compelling, well-argued and alarming

Rickards provides a well researched framework that raises serious questions about global financial stability, as well as the ability of policy elites to recognize and deal with the troubling dynamic. His analysis fits well with the turbulence that we observe in today's world and gives grave warnings that the pressures are building - not receding. He provides a wealth of facts as well as longer term historical context. His assessment is dire, but enormously compelling. This book should not be missed.

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  • J Hunter
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more great insight

There is a lot here. Could read it several times, yet it is summarized routinely. Thumbs up.

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Must read

Narrated by James, this book does a wonderful job of explaining how our complex systems of economics and commerce are on the way to failure. read now to prepare for the fallout

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  • KM
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Struggled to get into this

The material is interesting but very complex and difficult to stay engaged in if you are multitasking. Also I'm not sure I buy the premise of this book... but maybe I'll regret not taking heed!