Boom Bust: House Prices, Banking and the Depression of 2010 Paperback – 1 Dec 2007
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"Fascinating insights into cycles, property and rents." --"Institute of Economic Affairs"
"For anyone seeking to understand the vagaries of the housing market, this is a fascinating read." --"Sunday Telegraph"
"Harrison's book is a formidable challenge to the apologists of the status quo." --"American Journal of Economics and Sociology"
"[Harrison] does make a case for the existence of an 18-year business cycle, which he links to speculation in the property market." --"Financial Times"
"As the frantic property market of last spring slumps into its current nervous state with falling prices, is it by chance that this crystal ball-gazing--so far--seems to be uncannily accurate, or does Harrison really know something we don't?" --"The Mail on Sunday"
"Does Harrison""really know something we don't?" "--The Mail on Sunday"
"The essence of its argument is that the majority of current property prices reflect land value rather than building costs." "--Professional Investor"
"There are some fascinating insights into cycles, property and rents." --John Calverley, chief economist, American Express Bank
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It is well written with easy chunks that allow the following of threads, historical references, and explainations of financial terms.
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I give all his books a 1 star because of the writing style used throughout. This book is 90% Waffling and never gives any answers to the problems it highlights. I feel angry and robbed of the time I wasted reading these books. Hundreds of pages dedicated to a merry-go round of criticising bankers and politicians, rather than briefly highlighting the problems and then clearly and concisely describing the solution. Much of the English used is pretentious and strange. I am no fool as I have a Masters in Econometrics and Bachelors in Surveying, but the language used is really stodgy and makes for a frustrating reading experience.
With difficulty, it seems that Mr. Harrison is suggesting that all problems of low growth and inequality have land speculation as their root cause. That there is an 18 year property cycle which can be predicted fairly accurately, and that the solution is a Land Value Tax. This may all be true and I respect Mr. Harrison for his research, but he never explains clearly how a Land Value Tax will be implemented. The majority of all these books is spent wailing about how ignorant Gordon Brown, Alan Greenspan and other bureaucrats/politicians are. That's fine as an introduction but totally pointless as the central theme of a book - most people know how ignorant these people are already.
You can understand more about the implications of a Land Value Tax and the 18-year cycle by googling press articles about them, and I recommend "The Real Crash" by Peter Schiff or "Paper Money Collapse" if you want to read any relevant and fascinating books on the subject of the Western economic malaise.
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Events seem to be playing out much as anticipated here, the boom, bust cycle looks as strong as ever. Read morePublished on 25 Jun. 2013 by R Christopher
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... Read morePublished on 4 Feb. 2012 by Michael
I first read this book in 2006 and have just recently returned to reread it. This should be the "bible" for anyone in the real estate sector. Read morePublished on 18 Oct. 2011 by Mrryadair
I could be wrong, but all he appears to be using is an amendment of Louise McWhirter's astrological findings from the 1930s, which predicted a recession in 2008/09. Read morePublished on 17 Sept. 2009 by wu-wei