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The Death of Money: The Coming Collapse of the International Monetary System

The Death of Money: The Coming Collapse of the International Monetary System [Kindle Edition]

James Rickards
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A terrifically interesting and useful book...fascinating (Kenneth W. Dam, former deputy secretary of the Treasury and adviser to three presidents)

The Death of Money contains very big, provocative ideas clearly explained and delivered...Rickards's insight enables him to connect the dots in a way that few others can (John Hathaway, portfolio manager, Tocqueville Gold Fund)

The Death of Money is an important new book for those who worry about the future of our country (R. Christopher Whalen, noted bank analyst; author of Inflated)

The Death of Money is an engrossing account of the massive stresses accumulating in the global financial system. Any serious student of financial crises and their root causes needs to read this book (John H. Makin, Ph.D., resident scholar, American Enterprise Institute; former chief economist, Caxton Associates)

A great book makes you think differently about the world - and this one does just that (Don Young, twenty-five-time Institutional Investor All-Star Analyst)

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In The Death of Money, Rickards explores the future of the international monetary system

The international monetary system has collapsed three times in the past hundred years. Each collapse was followed by a period of war, civil unrest, or damage to the stability of the global economy. Now James Rickards explains why another collapse is rapidly approaching.

The US dollar has been the global reserve currency since the end of the Second World War. If the dollar fails the entire international monetary system will fail with it. But Washington is gridlocked, and America's biggest competitors - China, Russia, and the Middle East - are doing everything possible to end US monetary hegemony.

The potential results: Financial warfare. Deflation. Hyperinflation. Market collapse. Chaos.

James Rickards offers a bracing analysis of the fundamental problem: money and wealth have become ever more detached. Money is transitory and ephemeral; wealth is permanent and tangible. While wealth has real value worldwide, money may soon be worthless. The world's big players - governments, banks, institutions - will muddle through by making up new rules, and the real victims of the next crisis will be small investors.

Fortunately, it is not too late to prepare for the coming death of money. In this riveting book, James Rickards shows us how.

'A terrifically interesting and useful book...fascinating' Kenneth W. Dam, former deputy secretary of the Treasury and adviser to three presidents

James Rickards is the author of Currency Wars, which has been translated into eight languages and won rave reviews from the Financial Times, Bloomberg, and Politico. He is a portfolio manager at West Shore Group and an adviser on international economics and financial threats to the Department of Defense and the U.S. intelligence community. He served as facilitator of the first-ever financial war games conducted by the Pentagon. He lives in Connecticut.

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
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Interesting book from a finance "insider" who has also worked with the CIA and Department of Defense in the USA on tracking manipulation of the financial markets.

In clear view, the Federal Reserve, European Central Bank, Bank of Japan and the politicians around the world with a fragile understanding of economics are doing a good job of accidentally screwing up the modern financial system that provides the basis for our current prosperity.

Markets are so badly manipulated that it's impossible to really understand where fair value currently lies for shares, bonds, property and gold. Are we heading for deflation and the debt chaos that will be created as the Ponzi financing comes tumbling down? Or will the central banks succeed in creating inflation? If so, it's extremely doubtful that they will be able to control it.

Out of view, an even more frightening situation is developing as potential warfare between nations (and terrorism) turns away from the bullet and the bomb towards wreaking financial havoc by deliberately destroying the finance system.

In the shadows, not in secret but not reported well by the Western media, are attempts to replace the US Dollar as the world's reserve currency.

After the rush to binge on debt over the last 20 or more years, everywhere you look, there is danger to the economic world as we know it. If 2008 was scary, the impending crisis will be even worse.

If you weren't paranoid about the financial situation before reading this book, you will be afterwards.

I can't see how things can carry on indefinitely. I was reading last week about an economist who believes that the only option is to keep borrowing more because society will collapse if we don't.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Technical and occasionally contradictory? 8 July 2014
By C. C. Chivers VINE VOICE
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I found this book to be very technical and consequently quite difficult to understand. This probably accounts for my confusion as Rickards seems to contradict himself on a number of points: gold is bad/gold is good; things are not that bad/things are worse than people realise. I also found it rather pretentious in the first few chapters as Rickards uses unnecessarily complex terms. Moreover, he makes a massive mistake: he claims that gold and silver are not manipulated. However, recent events have proved otherwise. Legal action has been brought against HSBC (and other banks) for silver manipulation and legal action is being brought (2014) against Barclays (and other banks) for Gold manipulation. He claims that having worked in exchange companies he never saw evidence of manipulation. This does not mean (obviously) that it didn't happen and it means that perhaps he was not in a high enough position to witness or be part of it. It could also mean that he is just being loyal.

It seems to me that this book is more just an analysis of the current situation and unlike other books, does not offer any solutions for the individual.

Nonetheless, there are certain interesting points that he makes. It is worth a read, but unless you are technically minded, be prepared for a bit of a slog.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
‘The Death of Money’ written by James Rickards, although of somewhat apocalyptic name commonly referred to books that only manage to attract with their title, is actually an interesting book that approaches economic issues in a professional and informed manner, in same time being thought-provoking.

The author has succeeded in his book to develop its subject in less than four hundred pages, which is not so often, considering that the books which at the same time speak about economic theory and predictions of the future are usually very extensive, and often illegible except for a narrow academic circle.

I read Rickards previous book ‘Currency Wars’ and his economic forecasts, given that I share same profession with author, largely coincide with my own; consequently I really liked his book.

Exactly the same situation is with his latest book in which the author foreshadows an interesting (at least on paper) future of money and all that could start happening in the world economy in case of some scenarios already seen in the past would repeat.

And even after reading the book it seems that the end is near, the author gives recommendations on how to survive the uncertain times that lie ahead; he gives reasons why this is the right time to change money into objects whose value will certainly not decline in uncertain times that expect the world's currencies, things that have proven its value through the history, such as works of art, land or gold.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A stunning book - a must buy 5 April 2014
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Make no mistake, Rickards has really excelled himself with this book. It's a masterpiece, in my opinion. A brilliant read from start to finish - even better than his first book 'Currency Wars'.

I can't recommend this highly enough.
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Published 28 days ago by C.V.C. Maltha
5.0 out of 5 stars How money has been affected by the global economic crisis
There is no doubt there has been an economic crisis but the most fundamental question of how our money has been affected is tackled by this book. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Being prepared
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Very good follow up to "currency wars" and oh my the author optimistic out look in his first book has now gone. Read more
Published 1 month ago by WW2 History Buff
5.0 out of 5 stars fascinating, informative, worrying
this book gives a superlative explanation of how and why the world's monetary system, based on the ubiquitous use of the US$ for trade, is going to the dogs. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mr. M. V. Meyerstein
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good
Clearly explained the issue with some interesting historical items. The ending is a bit depressing. It is so good I am going to read his other book on the markets
Published 1 month ago by JOHN YOUNG
5.0 out of 5 stars A non-economist's view
A very useful analysis with historical perspective, written in common and accessible language. James Rickards challenges convincingly established views by both neo-Keynesians and... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Francisco J. Tilak Viegas
3.0 out of 5 stars very informative
I found this a useful review of the world econeomy over the past 40 odd years. I did not know much about this subject.

However, I find the title a bit overblown. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Joan Grant
5.0 out of 5 stars Cutting edge
Cutting edge analysis from Jim Rickards. This is the best book I have found to enable an understanding of the current economic climate with outside of the box thinking you won't... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Russell
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book
Explains lots of things like the IMF in clear terms. Often it's difficult to get a clear explanation even from textbooks - in so far as they even cover issues like the IMF or the... Read more
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