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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Shepheard-Walwyn (Publishers) Ltd; 2Rev Ed edition (1 Dec. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0856832545
  • ISBN-13: 978-0856832543
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.3 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 272,537 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'...for anyone seeking to understand the vagaries of the housing market, this is a fascinating read' -- Jeff Howell, SUNDAY TELEGRAPH

'Boom Bust should be compulsory reading for all those in the Treasury and particularly Gordon Brown.' -- Mark Dampier, The Independent, October 2008

'Harrison never wavered from his prediction that the housing boom would end in a spell of mania in 2007, followed by bust in 2008.'
-- Spectator Business, October 2008.

'The man who predicted today's housing woes - ten years ago ... does Harrison really know something we don't?'
-- Mail on Sunday, 20 January 2008

'[Harrison] does make a case for the existence of an 18-year business cycle, which he links to speculation in the property market' -- Samuel Brittan, FINANCIAL TIMES

In 2005 Harrison published Boom Bust, warning that the
property market is subject to a sharp downturn at the end of a regular 18-year cycle. The UK housing market started collapsing in November 2007, followed by the recession Harrison had forecast.
-- Michael Hudson, Professor of Economics at the University of Missouri, in the MPRA Review June 2009

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'[Harrison] does make a case for the existence of an 18-year business cycle, which he links to speculation in the property market'

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Foxylock on 5 Jan. 2009
Format: Paperback
I found the predictions contained in this book to be uncannily correct and even a bit frightening. Fred Harrison proves the existence of an 18 year business cycle which coincides with the boom bust phenomenon that sweeps the global markets. With startling accuracy Harrison shows us that this has been happening for centuries and our governments are completely impotent. In the final chapter Harrison puts forward his own solution to the boom bust cycle which would no doubt raise a few eyebrows, but maybe we need boldness in the face of adversity. Economists and politicians take note !!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By David G. H. Davies on 16 Aug. 2009
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I read this book in early 2006 - Hardcover. In hindsight, it is a horoscope for our future financial wellbeing. It predicted the banking crisis, the fall of banks and corporations previously perceived as too big to fail, with great insight and accuracy.
It is well written with easy chunks that allow the following of threads, historical references, and explainations of financial terms.

Read this now and protect your future wealth.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Ellen Buckland on 29 Mar. 2009
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Can't believe this book was written in 2005, it's all come true - why did Fred Harrison know what was going to happen and our Government didn't? or did they...?
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on 17 Oct. 2007
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I read this book 6 months ago, and in the past few months have started to see signs that suggest the author is correct in his suppositions. An essential read for anyone considering buying a property in 2007-2008.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Valiant on 26 Dec. 2007
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A very interesting read. I purchased this book in mid 2006 and so far everything that was predicted has come true. According to Harrison we are in for two tough years in the property market. 2008 and 2009 will see a downturn, however, come 2010 the market will once again turn. Currently I would love to move into a larger house but believe you me until January 2010 I'm staying put.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael on 4 Feb. 2012
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Very informative and accurate book. As always is the case with books by this author with great intellectual capabilities that must be reserved a place in history among great economists.

It has wide implications too for economics like efficient market hypothesis. Here we find we are regulated by an objective law relating to the internally design of property, We are part of a horror movie where we all make individual subjective evaluations on the market but only to choose different paths that all leads to the same destination. We are always under way to the next crisis.

Remember to pick up his Power in the land (1983). It contains much valuable information too. I liked the part about debunking the so called oil crisis (OPEC) in 74'. It was the land market at the top of the 18 year cycle that gave the full devasting effect to western economies. The western economies were already sliding in to recession well before. Also Marxist ignored this by explaining it was a crisis of wages squeezing profits. The fact that the rents squeezed profits did not conform to their purpose of class antagonism between capital and labour.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Dave on 1 Sept. 2008
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With UK house prices now crashing and many experts now foreseeing falls of up to 40% it looks like Fred Harrison is spot on with his predictions so far. He seems to be one of the few who have got the timing of the bubble bursting just right.
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