Hundreds of books have been written about the financial crisis that engulfed the world after Lehman Brothers went bankrupt. But what if the bigger financial crisis is ahead of us, not behind us? As John Mauldin and Jonathan Tepper deftly illustrate in this controversial audio book, the crisis was more than a half-century in the making. The Great Financial Crisis, however, was merely Act I. Act II has now begun.
The massive household deleveraging and historic shift of private debt onto government balance sheets now underway all over the world represents the end of a 60-year global Debt Supercycle. We have now entered the Endgame, a time when bankruptcies and defaults (disguised as "restructuring") will not be of households and companies but of governments. The stakes are now higher. The coming crises will offer policymakers few good choices and many bad ones. It will require extraordinary clarity and courage from leaders, courage that so far is largely completely lacking. Yet, despite the authors' dark forecast, the message in Endgame is not all gloom and doom. The book lays out positive steps governments can take to weather the worst of the stormy days ahead, minimize the inevitable pain and discomfort most of us can expect to experience, and chart a bold new course to sustained economic growth and prosperity. It also offers investors an abundance of useful analysis and expert advice on how to protect their assets during the worst of it and prosper from the many new opportunities that will emerge globally as they present themselves.
In Part 2, the authors take listeners on a country-by-country tour—including the United States, UK, European countries, and Japan—clearly explaining the problems each country faces, as well as the good and bad policy options open to each, and the investment pitfalls and opportunities likely to be found in each national economy.
Whether you call it the Great Recession, the Great Financial Crisis, or the Global Debt Crisis, what we are experiencing is unlike anything seen in 80 years. Now is not the time to succumb to panic and superstition. It is a time for courage and intelligent decision making informed by the brand of rational analysis and wisdom you'll find in Endgame.
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By Graham on 15-06-12
An Educational Fear Ride
At first I was turned off by this book. In the first part of the book the author treats the reader like a third grader. In a section entitled ???Why Greece Matters??? the author, in a letter which he apparently wrote to his own children, first begins with a 15 minuet preamble where he repeatedly stresses that he is about to tell us why Greece matters. I couldn???t bear it any longer, so I left the book alone for a couple of months. Finally after finishing other similarly themed books such as The Real Crash by Peter Schiff, which by the way makes many of the exact same arguments, I decided to keep reading. I was pleasantly surprised. The book is actually filled with all kinds of in-depth and interesting details about market risks, debt troubles, inflation and deflation possibilities. It also includes some very specific predictions country by country towards the end. It seems that the authors??? are just not use to relating their knowledge to a general audience.
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By Graham Cochrane on 05-11-11
Set "HOLYCRAP!" meters to '10'...
The book is extremely well-performed and well-written. It builds complex concepts from simple ones and uses a style that delivers similarly-concerning messages for different countries in fresh ways. I kept looking forward to coming back to the book and hoping I could reach the end before one of the many economic time-bombs went off.
Read it and start voting for people who will make hard choices quickly.
16 of 17 people found this review helpful