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"We all know we have seen the end of an era, and now we have courtside seats to watch the Endgame unfold. We are watching the end of Act I: The Debt Supercycle. Now we will get to see how Act II: The Endgame plays out."—John Mauldin & Jonathan Tepper (Chapter 1)

Hundreds of books have been written about the financial crisis that engulfed the world after Lehman Brothers went bankrupt. But what if the bigger financial crisis is ahead of us, not behind us? As John Mauldin and Jonathan Tepper deftly illustrate in this controversial audio book, the crisis was more than a half-century in the making. The Great Financial Crisis, however, was merely Act I. Act II has now begun.

The massive household deleveraging and historic shift of private debt onto government balance sheets now underway all over the world represents the end of a 60-year global Debt Supercycle. We have now entered the Endgame, a time when bankruptcies and defaults (disguised as "restructuring") will not be of households and companies but of governments. The stakes are now higher. The coming crises will offer policymakers few good choices and many bad ones. It will require extraordinary clarity and courage from leaders, courage that so far is largely completely lacking. Yet, despite the authors' dark forecast, the message in Endgame is not all gloom and doom. The book lays out positive steps governments can take to weather the worst of the stormy days ahead, minimize the inevitable pain and discomfort most of us can expect to experience, and chart a bold new course to sustained economic growth and prosperity. It also offers investors an abundance of useful analysis and expert advice on how to protect their assets during the worst of it and prosper from the many new opportunities that will emerge globally as they present themselves.

In Part 2, the authors take listeners on a country-by-country tour—including the United States, UK, European countries, and Japan—clearly explaining the problems each country faces, as well as the good and bad policy options open to each, and the investment pitfalls and opportunities likely to be found in each national economy.

Whether you call it the Great Recession, the Great Financial Crisis, or the Global Debt Crisis, what we are experiencing is unlike anything seen in 80 years. Now is not the time to succumb to panic and superstition. It is a time for courage and intelligent decision making informed by the brand of rational analysis and wisdom you'll find in Endgame.

©2011 John Mauldin (P)2011 Gildan Media Corp

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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. The audiobook provides important insights to the state of the world.

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

Yes

Any additional comments?

I recommend the book to all.

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Great book, but not so easy to understand

I give this book a 5 star rating because it is a great book and it deserves it. In my case I not a person will great knowledge of the economic scenery around the world and in the USA. He uses many terms that I was not familiar which had me search on the web. The book allowed me how integrated the economies around the world affect and depend of she other. I would recommend this book with the comment that it may require some research to understand in depth. I benefited from this book and I'm more aware of what is going on with the USA economy and how it is affected by China, India and Europe.

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WOW !!

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Enjoyed very much performance and all the information has been shared by author .
I have better understanding of almost everything what has an impact on mine and other people life's . Easy to understand and apply some adjustments .
Very grateful for this education and I think every American Citizen should know this book.

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On the Fence

I liked the presentation of the information. As a numbers person it gave another perception and was thought provoking. I think it may be very difficult for some to follow the material, even though it is being read very well. I found myself backing up from time to time, just to get a clearer understanding. The use of numerous acronyms added nothing to the book, and probably should've been avoided. I must admit that if I were trying to read this book, I would not have finished it, it is not something that would keep me turning the pages. At the same time I am glad that I found it on Audible, and find it well worth the time to be read to, especially for the people who want a better understanding (or opinion) of our current world financial crisis and how everyone and everything really does matter as we are all connected.

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Eye Opening!

I will likely have to listen to it more again to absorb even more but even though some of the higher concepts of macro-economics were outside if my expertise, he does present it in a way that your average college student can understand.

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  • Ryan
  • Nepean, Ontario, Canada
  • 02-17-13

Macro Economics Done (Relatively) Easily!

What does Sean Pratt bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Pratt was awesome. His voice and tone were perfect for this text.

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

Ah yeah... we're so screwed. Economic armgedon is coming and few in North America and Europe know what's coming or have the willingness to take the required medicine. I'm the furthest thing from an economist, so this book was extreamly instructive though tough to follow at times. On the whole however, the author gets his points across with clarity. A great and sobering listen if you want to better understand the fiscal malaise that most of the developed world is experiencing. However, if you prefer the ignorance is bliss approach to your life, best not to listen.

Would I laugh or cry. I'm not quite sure...

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Engaging, disturbing and helpful

What made the experience of listening to Endgame the most enjoyable?

Mauldin explains principles of macro-economics in a way that gives great depth of understanding and yet is comprehensible to a non-economist. Additionally, Pratt voices the book at a perfect pace and speaks clearly and carefully, making complex passages easy to follow.

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

Maudlins "just-the-facts" no hype approach makes a very convincing argument that we will have to face the costs of past excess and foolishness soon.

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  • Sebastian
  • Boston, MA, United States
  • 10-08-12

Very good book to understand the current crisis

What did you love best about Endgame?

It's very well written and will help you understand what and why things happened and what is the effect right now in the world and what are the possible outcomes.

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an important message for all of us

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. The main message seems to be that there aint no such thing as a free lunch, and that many individuals, companies, and governments act as though there is. The bill eventually will come due.

What did you like best about this story?

The consistent message supported by stories of individuals, companies and governments that continue to put off the day of reckoning, which only makes it more expensive.

What does Sean Pratt bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

It was a pretty straightforward reading of an unemotional book.

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

pay now or pay later - later it will cost much more.

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The main theme of the book is that we all live beyond our means and that until we correct that imbalance, we will not be financially healthy. I think that it is a message that we all need to hear and understand - and act on.

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Truly Insightful

Would you listen to Endgame again? Why?

It's a frightening account of what the world has become. I would listen to it again, and I think it should be required reading for every American.

There's a tremendous lack of leadership in our country's political environment which only mirrors it's citizens apparent unwillingness to pay the piper before it's too late.