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  • Publisher: Gildan Media Corporation; Unabridged edition (24 Mar 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1469059924
  • ISBN-13: 978-1469059921
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
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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) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

James Rickards is the author of the national bestseller Currency Wars, which has been translated into eight languages and won rave reviews from the likes of 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. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By C. C. Chivers VINE VOICE on 8 July 2014
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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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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Paul Simister on 9 April 2014
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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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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Denis Vukosav TOP 50 REVIEWER on 11 April 2014
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‘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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Conor Sexton on 19 Aug 2014
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I really liked this book. It goes as close as anything I have seen to defining 'money' from first principles. Its recommendations at the end for what to do with your wealth (if you have any) -- gold, fine art, land, cash -- seem to me cogent and well thought out.

But I see one major error: so bad that it falls into the category of 'clanger' and causes a niggle of doubt about everything else in the book. Referring to sterling parity upon return of the UK to the Gold Standard in 1925, Mr Rickards says this: "Chancellor of the Exchequer Winston Churchill chose to return sterling to gold at the prewar rate equivalent to £4.86 per ounce. This is simply wrong. It gets worse. On the same page, the author says this: "An exchange rate equivalent to £7.50 per ounce would have been a more realistic peg".

The truth is that Churchill returned sterling to gold at a parity of £1 = US$4.86 (hence, superficially, the confusion with £4.86)

In 1914 (to which the 1925 Gold Standard Act mandated the return of the UK's monetary parity):
£1 = 113 grains of pure gold (one grain = .06479891 grams)
$1 = 23.22 grains of gold
Therefore £1 = $4.8664944

Also in 1914:
One 'standard ounce' (11/12 pure or 22 carat) gold = £3 17s 10 and 1/2 d = (decimalised) £3.89375
One troy ounce of pure gold therefore = £4.24772727
At the $4.8664944 parity, one troy ounce of pure gold therefore = $20.671541.

Confusion over. But this is research Mr Rickards should have done; in addition the fact that it is widely held that at $4.86, sterling was overvalued by about 10%. By this calculation £1 should have been set at about $4.40.

I still give Mr Rickards' book 4 stars. But the above is so central to any studentship of gold parities that I wonder.....
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