books about: collapse
Crash Proof 2.0: How to Profit From the Economic Collapse
A true state of the union, and a roadmap from here
If I'm going to listen to someone talk about the economy, I'd prefer to listen to someone who's been right in the past. No one has been more right than Peter Schiff. Take a look on YouTube to get an overview of his oracle-like predictions in the past several years. To sum up his investment advice, he recommends foreign stocks, gold and silver, and stocks of mining companies, all to protect ...
On the Brink: Inside the Race to Stop the Collapse of the Global Financial System
Henry M. Paulson
Provides an insider's insights into the makings of the current financial crisis
ON THE BRINK: INSIDE THE RACE TO STOP THE COLLAPSE OF THE GLOBAL FINANCIAL SYSTEM is a top pick pairing a fine reading by Dan Woren with a special conversation with the author. This focus by the former CEO of Goldman Sachs provides an insider's insights into the makings of the current financial crisis, and offers a story of people, politics and economics that ties together many loose strings.
The Devil's Casino: Friendship, Betrayal, and the High Stakes Games Played Inside Lehman Brothers
Awesome and Intriguing/Not Just Technical Stuff
This is a great book that gets you hooked in the first few pages. I read an excerpt in vanity Fair and then ordered the book. I am so glad I did! The reader does learn a fair amount of the financial intracacies involved, but the author has chosen to focus more on the key players. I was fascinated to read about these key people and how they made their descisions, and then the affect those decsions ...
American Apocalypse II - Refuge
The great storytelling continues
As an early addict to nova's writing on various blogs [...] a great econ/finance resource by the way) I have followed the storyline faithfully. As another reviewer pointed out there are editing flaws but don't let that stand in the way of your enjoyment as book 1 and now book 2 feature some truly wonderful storytelling. Book 2 features some more character development with some unexpected twists ...
The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse
Fernando Ferfal Aguirre
Despite some flaws, a 5 star book.
I haven't read many "preparedness" books, but this stood out above the rest in that the author has real world experience of a national collapse. The book suffers from lack of a good editor and English as a second language, but the information and surprising humor overcomes those flaws. The general sense of the book is that the Western world is about to relive the poorest parts of the 1970's. We ...
Confronting Collapse: The Crisis of Energy and Money in a Post Peak Oil World
Chelsea Green Publishing, 2009
A Manifesto of Dealing With Reality
I first learned of Mike Ruppert through a chilling trailer for his then upcoming movie, Collapse. Ruppert has a long history as an investigative journalist that began when he broke away from the mainstream after his excellence in the LA police led him to be actively recruited by the CIA for running cocaine through South-Central LA. Ruppert realized this wasn't the world he'd pledged to serve and ...
Mood Matters: From Rising Skirt Lengths to the Collapse of World Powers
John L. Casti
This book is not only very interesting, but also very insightful and engaging. I give it a hearty thumbs up.
Patriots: A Novel of Survival in the Coming Collapse
Ulysses Press, 1999
a fountain of information
This is a novel but also a training manual and a technical manual. It brings up all kinds of things you may not nave thought about and shows you your areas of weakness in preparation, equipment, or knowledge base. I am now reading it for the second time. I have loaned it to one person and will loan it to others. Not a true novel, but more of an instruction manual. Get a copy.
Confidence Game: How a Hedge Fund Manager Called Wall Street's Bluff
Christine S. Richard
Worth the money
Excellent book. Provides a good picture of the situation and a great example of resolute attitude. Not easy to fight the establishment, even if one is right.
Read it. Do something!
The problem with reading a 500+ pp book is that you have to write a review that "gets it all in." But here we go. Jared Diamond's Collapse (2005) is an excellent book and worth reading. That's particularly true because of the subtitle: "How societies choose to fail or survive." Every day on this blog, I talk about economics and politics. I talk about things that we are choosing to do, ...
The Collapse of Complex Societies
Cambridge University Press, 1990
Growth has an Energy Cost
In recent decades social scientists have had the advantage of theories from the physical sciences to explicate their questions. Tainter employs complexity theory to explain the fall of Rome, the Maya, Chacoans and he speculates about our society. This book easily accompanies Schneider and Sagan, Into the Cool, Energy Flow Thermodyamics and Life. A key idea in Tainter's book is the marginal ...
The Hive Detectives: Chronicle of a Honey Bee Catastrophe (Scientists in the Field Series)
Loree Griffin Burns
Houghton Mifflin Books for Children
Richie's Picks: THE HIVE DETECTIVES
"Wind, rain, spiders, and other animals can pollinate plants, but nothing does the job as efficiently as the honey bee. Some crops, such as almonds, are so dependent on honey bees that they couldn't be produced without the help of commercial beekeepers. Every February, more than half a million acres of almond trees bloom in California, and beekeepers from around the country truck in more than ...
A Colossal Failure of Common Sense: The Inside Story of the Collapse of Lehman Brothers
Crown Business, 2009
Excellent contribution to financial history and investment banking literature
The book is very interesting for non-insiders. Contains more details and information on topics that one wouldn't even expect. It will be one of the best in the "Liar's Poker" series if one would exist. And it's a good contribution for the must read list of finance school students.
Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community
Robert D. Putnam
Simon & Schuster
America's lethal weakness
David Mindich, in "Tuned Out: Why Americans Under 40 Don't Follow the News," frequently referred to this work while explaining the decline in news-awareness among Americans. Americans, he said, were not getting their news from the newspapers, TV, radio, or the Internet. His best explanation was the decline in social capital among Americans as described in this classic study by Robert Putnam. ...
The Coming Collapse of the Dollar and How to Profit from It: Make a Fortune by Investing in Gold and Other ...
Broadway Business, 2004
Dollar Collapse nails it!
I am making a career move into the investing arena and John Rubinos book, "The Dollar Collapse . . . " is right on the mark in terms of opening ones eyes to things we may NEVER see on CNBC or Fox nightly news. His info is cutting edge and ahead of it's time. Interestingly, although the updates were made over a year ago, upon getting what truth one can out of the media today, John hits the nail ...
Crash Proof: How to Profit From the Coming Economic Collapse
This book was written prior to the financial meltdown. Many of the recommendations are still valid today. Gold is still a recommendation.
The Panic of 1907: Lessons Learned from the Market's Perfect Storm
Robert F. Bruner
Sean D. Carr
Great lessons from the past
Why in the world are we talking about 1907 when we are dealing with the current financial crisis? Because there are many similarities. I found this book very interesting especially after reading other books on the subject whose authors suggest to getting rid of the Federal Reserve and the FDIC. Both of these institutions were born because of the Panic of 1907, which was really a liquidity crisis, ...
The Volatility Machine: Emerging Economics and the Threat of Financial Collapse
Oxford University Press, USA, 2001
Book Review from the Aleph Blog
There are some books that were important to forming the way I think about economic problems, but if I write about it, I feel that I can't do justice to the quality of the book. The Volatility Machine, by Michael Pettis, is one of those books. Michael Pettis was a managing director at Bear Stearns, and an adjunct professor at Columbia University when he wrote it. The book was written in ...
Reinventing Collapse: The Soviet Example and American Prospects
New Society Publishers, 2008
Dmitry Orlov has presented an interesting case study by comparing the infrastructure and citizenry of the USSR and USA in a compelling read well worth your time. Orlov's philosophical introspection and irreverent humor are sure to entertain and enlighten. Consider the Supersaver shipping option with knee-slapping companions: "Little Johnny Chooses His First AK-47", "Dude, Where's My Canned Code ...
Sixty to Zero: An Inside Look at the Collapse of General Motors--and the Detroit Auto Industry
Alex Taylor III
Yale University Press
The achievement of a lifetime
I found the book a great pleasure to read. It's a searing indictment of what was once the greatest American industrial company. The litany of GM's mistakes and misjudgments over half a century is shocking, and compellingly told. It's also an exercise in nostalgia for any automobile-loving American. And only Alex Taylor, who has covered the industry for more than 30 years, could have written ...
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