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How You Got Screwed: What Big Banks, Big Government, and Big Business Don’t Want You to Know―and What You Can Do About It Paperback – 17 May 2018
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The name of the author, Allen Marshall, is an alias (Introduction pg. ix). He invites readers to email him at his address on pg. xii. (As an aside, I found an internet web page called Defiant Living, under his name. He refers to this book in it).
In <How You Got Screwed's> Chapter 10, ("Caveat Emptor - Big Government") on pg. 102, the author has a paragraph titled "Know The Law." It is part of his advice on how to deal with the federal government. I hasten to add that a reader need not become a lawyer to understand the content. Beyond the Introduction the book is only 172 pgs. followed by 15 pgs. of End Notes 332 in number [in smaller print].
The essence of <How You Got Screwed> is that the U.S. Gov't. is so large and ever-present in America that the ordinary citizen is no longer in a position to keep control over his life. The author goes into considerable detail about his thesis (relative to his book's brevity). He makes suggestions on what is to be done about the problems described. Those suggestions comport with what a prudent person would do anyway. All in all it is a readable book. But my fear is that American youth no longer read print-on-paper unless the material is condensed even further and available on a monitor of one sort or another. But perhaps they will try the Kindle edition.
The book's value to the adult reader is its condensation of the substantive information contained therein. I suppose that the crude title is meant to attract a "hip" readership. Despite the title, <How You Got Screwed> is actually a pretty good little paperback.
Do you have friends, relatives, neighbors, or co-workers who are just waking up, shaking their heads, and asking, “WTF happened?”
This is the book for them. This may be the book for you to buy by the dozen to give to them. That’s especially true if they’re Millennials or in the younger cohort of Gen-X.
I can state unequivocally that you’re not going to find a better primer to explain “WTF happened.”
At a slender 172 pages and small enough to fit into the pockets of cargo pants, How You Got Screwed is easy to handle physically. But Allen Marshall’s truly masterful achievement is the clarity and brevity with which he delivers a boatload of well-researched (332 endnotes) information.
The book is divided into four sections:
* The Money Masters
* Big Government
* Big Business
* Taking Action
Seventeen short — and I emphasize short — chapters cover everything from the housing market to healthcare to perpetual war to retirement woes to big media.
Short does not equate to “lite.” There are lots of facts here, as well as a lucid, accurate overview of our vast cultural and political dilemma. If you already know most of these facts, How You Got Screwed could be a handy reference. It's a good book and I recommend it. But its real audience is your friends who know something's gone wrong with their country and their future but don't quite understand what. Do them a favor. See that they get a copy of this book