by James Rickards
Divided into three sections, this book is a must read for any serious investor trying to understand today’s global economy and geopolitical situation.
Part 1 outlines Rickards’ participation in an economic war game sponsored by the Pentagon at the Applied Physics Labratory. During this exercise, no weapons of normal warfare were used – instead, only financial instruments were used to attack and defend against moves made by opponents.
Part 2 describes real-world currency wars that have actually happened between the nations of the world in recent history. Currency War I happened during the years between 1921 & 1936. CW II was from 1967 to 1987. Rickards explains that the world is now experiencing CW III, which is being carried out mainly between the U.S., Europe and China.
Part 3 outlines possible outcomes of our current currency war. A catestrophic result is highly likely to happen due to the mismanagement of fiscal policies as well as the inability of financial and investment institutions to recognize the true risk in their investment portfolios. Read more…
The Creature from Jekyll Island
by G. Edward Griffin
The potential reader of this book may not be able to find a ‘new’ copy as it is no longer being published. However, used copies should be available.
Griffin describes how The Federal Reserve System is America’s third central banking system in its history. All instances of the central bank concept in America have been highly controversial, and the Fed is no exception.
The Federal Reserve System was established in 1913 after a highly suspicious and secretive meeting held between powerful banking individuals at Jekyll Island, Georgia. The system that was designed and implemented is based on debt and guarantees the ‘financial-slavery’ of American citizenry as long as it’s in place. Read more…
Confessions of an Economic Hit Man
by John Perkins
A book that takes a scary, behind-the-scenes look at what’s really going on with the World Bank and other institutions. Outwardly, they proclaim that they’re aiding under developed nations. But the truth is that these nations are being saddled with impossible debt loads while their natural resources are being scammed away from them. The real benefits and profits are going to western corporations who are rewarded with juicy contracts to engineer and build civil infrastructure – sewer & water systems, electrical grids, communications systems, etc. – along with multi-year maintenance fees. Read more…
The Revolution – A Manifesto
by Ron Paul
It’s common sense! Ron Paul simply goes directly to the U.S. Constitution for answers to the political, social and economic problems America currently faces.
It may be a bit ironic, having the word ‘revolution’ in the title. It was the tyranny of King George III that drove our founding fathers to revolt and establish a new nation. Today, we can look back over the last few years and see how our freedoms are slowly slipping away under the guise of security and safety. It’s getting to the point where it is revolutionary just to think about the philosophy behind the U.S. Constitution and why our founding fathers worked so hard to establish a free republic. Read more…
The Grand Chessboard
by Zbigniew Brzezinski
Published in 1998, The Grand Chessboard is all about a strategy for the United States to remain the worlds only global super-power. By dealing with the nations of Eurasia in specific ways – using political, militaristic and economic means – the United States should be able to maintain its global standing and prevent any one nation from becoming strong enough to challenge U.S. dominance. This implies strategic relationships with key nations, while recognizing those nations have strategies of their own.
It’s an insightful look into the minds of men who consider world domination as a game – ensuring winners and losers. The stakes are indeed quite high when one remembers that every nation on earth has such thinking men. Read more…
Democracy – The God That Failed
by Hans-Hermann Hoppe
This book is an insightful look at the economics and affects of different forms of government. While no Utopia is offered as an alternative, Hoppe does a relatively good job of exposing the weaknesses of a democratic system.
It goes much deeper than Thomas Jefferson’s quote:
A democracy is nothing more than mob rule, where fifty-one percent of the people may take away the rights of the other forty-nine.
A Peace to End All Peace
by David Fromkin
In this comprehensive history of the Middle East, Fromkin describes how western powers carved nation-states out of the Ottoman Empire after World War I.
Great Britain, France and Russia all had designs on various parts of the empire according to their geostrategic goals. Interestingly, the main drive for positions in the area happened prior to World War I and prior to the knowledge of its vast supplies of oil. Nevertheless, Britain wanted to maintain its land route to India in order to maintain its existing flow within its own empire. Russia desperately needed a sea-route through the straights near Istanbul for its military and trading. France seemed to be religiously tied to colonization in Lebanon and Syria.
The games played out between the western powers provoked much stress on the Turks and resident Arab inhabitants, who initially didn’t want to join World War I, but ended up shopping for an ally just to try to prevent their Ottoman Empire’s lands from being broken up.
The nations we know today within the Middle East are the result of all those games and agreements finally made after World War I. The separate nation states were imposed on the inhabitants according to incorrect western assumptions regarding local customs and desires.
After reading this book, it is easier to understand why there has not been much peace in the area. Read more…
Day of Deceit – The Truth About FDR and Pearl Harbor
by Robert B. Stinnett
Recent evidence available via the Freedom of Information Act suggest that FDR had foreknowledge of Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor. Not only that, but because he felt that Hitler posed a greater threat to America should he be victorious in Europe, it was decided to formulate a strategy that would entice the American public to support the war effort by provoking Japan to take the first shot.
Once the US joined the war against Japan, by default it was also a war with her axis partners – Italy and Germany. The rest is history. Read more…
The Energy Non-Crisis
by Lindsey Williams
Pastor Lindsey Williams served as chaplain for the crews working on the Trans-Alaskan Oil Pipeline in the mid ’70s. While there he learned that the American people were being lied to by their own government regarding the so-called ‘energy crisis.’ He published this book in 1980 in order to expose the truth to the American public.
Did the government purposely try to delay the implementation of the Alaskan Oil Pipeline? Is there actually more oil under the ice in Alaska than in Saudi Arabia? Could the natural gas deposits in Alaska really provide all the energy the US needs for the next 200 years? Read more…