James Rickards is one of the most intelligent analysts in the world today, he is never prone to hyperbole or rhetoric, which is a common trait (trend even) of some economic essayists blogging and publishing today.
Clearly James Rickards is well thought of enough to be included in US govt Economic War games, and his story of being involved in just such an event makes fascinating reading.
The central section of the book detailing the three currency wars, (1921-36,1967-87,2010-),
is the most detailed and interesting, it really adds to the cannon of currency study. And as such, would in my eyes, sit alongside Murray N Rothbard's, "What has Government done to our money" and Ferdinand Lips "Gold Wars".
What of-course makes the work more than just an historical reflection, is it's ability to incorporate the economic disasters of central banks and their masters since 2008. In an economic landscape that Ludwig Von Mises could never have imagined in his worst nightmare, James Rickards brings us up to date, with some helpful ideas that we can only hope the politicians and their economic lackeys implement sooner rather than too late.
A stirring book that doesn't avoid the complexity of currency manipulation, but rather, draws the reader into a ripping morbid adventure. And that makes it quite special.