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The Web of Debt: The Shocking Truth About Our Money System And How We Can Break Free (Revised and Updated) Paperback – 15 Jan 2008

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  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Third Millennium Press; Second Edition edition (15 Jan. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979560810
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979560811
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.7 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,026,774 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"One of the most important books you will ever read.... as thrilling as any Tom Clancy novel, except that this book is true... to have an understanding of the monetary mess we are in, this is an excellent historical overview with some truly elegant and ingenious ideas about correcting the problems that have plagued our planet for millennia." -- John Tiffany "American Free Press" --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Ellen Brown has applied her training as a litigating attorney, researcher and writer to the monetary field, unearthing facts that even the majority of banking and financial experts ignore: ranging from the privatization of money creation, to the Plunge Protection Team, to the Federal Reserve's "Helicopter Money." Read it; you'll get information you need in order to understand what is going on in our financial markets today.

- Bernard Lietaer, former European central banker,
author of "The Future of Money" and "Of Human Wealth"

Literacy on the topic of money is at an all-time low. This book is tremendously important not only in its presentation, but by drawing attention to an age-old topic that should have a major presence in the public mind.

- Benjamin Gisin, Author of "Farmers and Ranchers Guide to Credit," publisher of "Touch the Soil" magazine, and a senior loan officer for a top 10 bank --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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If you wish to learn more about who really runs this troubled world, then read this book and reflect carefully upon its contents. If you have wondered, as I have, why the whole world - governments, corporations and individuals alike - is increasingly mired in debt, then read this book. If you think naively that banks are basically brokers who mediate between depositors and borrowers, then read this book. It will show you how you are fundamentally mistaken. If you think that you understand what money is and how it comes into being then you are probably wrong again and this book will tell you how and why. Its publication is timely as the debt-ridden world financial system now strains to cope with the US subprime debacle. If you have been lured into borrowing more than you can repay and you are about to lose your house, then read this book to understand more deeply your predicament. If your pension fund or your savings have been disastrously invested in risky and maybe now worthless securitized debt then this book will help you to see where your hard earned money has gone and who has benefited.

Although The Web of Debt is mainly about the US banking system and the US dollar, its message that the money supply is in the hands of a private banking cartel and is not in the hands of elected governments is applicable to many countries. It shows how money is created from nothing and then lent to governments at interest, for no good reason other than the historical usurping of this all important function by powerful and ambitious men for their own private gain. Absurdly, governments must then tax their citizens to pay interest to the private bankers, foregoing the obvious alternative of issuing debt-free money themselves.
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This book makes a very important contribution to understanding the mess the world is in and what to do about it. Contrary to the impression given by a one star reviewer below, this book is not primarily about economics, but finance. There is a difference! For a start, most mainstream economists have little interest in money and debt, where it comes from and who controls it. Money has no place in their other-worldly theories. Meanwhile, back on the planet it is just plain old commonsense that money makes the world go around; it represents power, and those who control the money thereby control the world (Kissinger said something along those lines). So Ellen Brown's seminal work goes to the heart of the matter. Five stars.

Now to the point of this review, which is not so much a reflection on the substance of this work, as a heads up regarding the new 5th (January 2012) Edition. A university librarian once told me that publishers generally only bring out a new edition of a work if there is at least 10% new content. That is not the case with the latest `Web of Debt'. I have not been able to discern any difference at all between the new edition and the previous 4th (March 2010) edition. The covers and blurb are the same, the chapter headings, the total number of pages and the pagination are the same. Even the `Author's Note to the Fifth Revised Edition' is a word for word copy of the `Author's Note to the Fourth Revised Edition'. It may be that if I read through the entire 544 pages of both editions in tandem, I might find some subtle revision or correction. Which I suspect is unlikely to be anything significant enough to shell out for. Do correct me if I am wrong!

I got my new copy to keep abreast of Ellen Brown's latest thinking in this area, but I was disappointed by this apparently pointless new edition. Yet it wasn't really a waste of cash - now I can help spread the word by passing one on. Either one -they're equally relevant.
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A lengthy but very readable exposure of the true nature of the global banking system. It's difficult not to feel very real anger when reading this. Anger at how a colossal Ponzi scheme controls the lives of every man, woman and child on the planet, creating poverty, artificial scarcity and endless conflict. Changing this fraudulent money system will be difficult, but the book will encourage readers to look at ways that they themselves can withdraw from the private central banking system, an act which in itself will help move humanity towards a fairer society based on abundance and freedom for all. Make no mistake - the SINGLE MOST IMPORTANT THING you can do today is get informed about what money REALLY is and how it works. This book is a good place to begin.
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Her basic point, that the current economic and financial system is unstable, and headed into an immediate and immense crisis, is very well-founded. Her suggestion that some kind of "Greenback"-style fiat currency would be far preferable also seems very plausible. The book is written in a very accessible positive style, in the same kind of can-do tone of a popular self-help book.

However, Hodgson Brown's grasp of history and economics is a bit shaky. Various minor historical howlers (William and Mary coming to English throne when "Duke of York" dies, etc.) make me a bit leery of accepting statements she makes when she is talking about areas on which I am less knowledgeable. Her understanding of economics is very vague and hazy: at points where I didn't already know what she was trying to explain, such as with the medieval tally system, she was very hard to follow. I suspect that someone with only a little economics background would not gain much real understanding from this. I hate to criticise a 450-page book for excessive brevity, but she does skim over many topics that really need to be handled in a great more depth.

The economic theory she is propounding is similar to that more rigorously put forward by Michael Rowbotham, that fractional reserve banking involves banks creating money out of nothing, and that the money returns to banks as profit. It suffers of course from the same potential defects, for example, that inflation and default could potentially eat away all those profits.

Her book is far stronger when it leaves general theory and history, and gets on to the intricate details of the current crisis.
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