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The New Depression by Richard Duncan

The full title of this book by Richard Duncan is

The New Depression: The Breakdown of the Paper Money Economy“.

In my review posted on Amazon.co.uk, I gave the book Four Stars. This means it is Good and Well Worth Reading.

Here is my book review.

The world is addicted to credit expansion

Is it still worth reading this book written in 2011 about the events after 2008?

Yes I think it is although I have a couple of caveats:

1) Inevitably the book is America-centric with little consideration for the rest of the world accept for how it may impact on or exaggerate changes in America.
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2) It’s odd reading predictions for the future from 2012 onwards when you know that the worst was postponed.

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Prosperity without Growth by Tim Jackson

The full title of this book by Tim Jackson is

Prosperity without Growth: Economics for a Finite Planet“.

In my review posted at Amazon.co.uk, I gave the book Four Stars. This means it is Good and Well Worth Reading.

Here is my book review.

It’s going to be much tougher than I thought

For some time I’ve known that the world can’t continue as it is. Quite simply, infinite growth in a finite world doesn’t add up.

But how can we make the transition to living in a sustainable world without growth? It seems like turkeys voting for Christmas. It’s not going to happen in today’s society. [continue reading…]

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BrainScripts for Sales Success by Drew Eric Whitman

The full title of this book by Drew Eric Whitman is

“BrainScripts for Sales Success: 21 Hidden Principles of Consumer Psychology for Winning New Customers“.

In my review posted to Amazon.co.uk, I gave the book Four Stars. This means it is Good and Well Worth Reading.

Here is my book review.

Interesting book on the psychology of selling

This is an interesting book to read but the contents is hard to remember.

The contents includes:

  • 8 primary desires
  • 9 secondary desires (or learned wants)

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Launch by Jeff Walker

The full title of this book by Jeff Walker is

Launch: An Internet Millionaire’s Secret Formula To Sell Almost Anything Online, Build A Business You Love, And Live The Life Of Your Dreams“.

In my review posted on Amazon.co.uk, I gave the book Four Stars. This means it is Good and Well Worth Reading.

Here is my book review.

Where does great marketing stop and customer manipulation start?

In the mid to late 2000s, the cult of the Internet marketing gurus developed and this book’s author was both a leading light and the source of the astonishing marketing theory that accelerated many of the others to fame and fortune.

Since then allegations that the product launch process was being abused as a way to bleed Internet newbies of their money has caused a number of these gurus to withdraw. [continue reading…]

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Why We Bite the Invisible Hand by Peter Foster

The full title of this book by Peter Foster is

Why We Bite the Invisible Hand: The Psychology of Anti-Capitalism“.

In my review on Amazon.co.uk, I gave this book Four Stars. This means it is Good and Well Worth Reading.

Here is my book review.

An important book

In his book Capitalism, Socialism and Democracy, Joseph Schumpeter explained that the rise in living standards that comes from a capitalist society causes a great increase in the education levels of the population.

He explained that the educated but uncompetitive would hate the capitalist system because their merits weren’t recognised and, as a result, would try to seize control of educational and cultural institutions so that they could spread the message that capitalism doesn’t work. [continue reading…]

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The full title of this book by Paul Craig Roberts is

The Failure of Laissez Faire Capitalism and Economic Dissolution of the West“.

In my review posted to Amazon.co.uk, I gave the book Four Stars. This means it is Good and Well Worth Reading.

Here is my book review.

We’re in the middle of a nightmare economic situation

This important book criticising the laissez faire capitalism of the last couple of decades is written by an assistant secretary of the Treasury under President Reagan and is one of the architects of Reaganomics.

I think that’s important because its criticism of capitalism is coming from the political right and not from someone with long-standing views. [continue reading…]

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The Star Principle by Richard Koch

The full title of this book by Richard Koch is

The Star Principle: How it can make you rich“.

In my review on Amazon.co.uk, I gave the book Four Stars. This means it is Good and Well Worth Reading.

Here is my book review.

Putting strategy into owning, investing or working in a business

In 1970, the Boston Consulting Group publicised a two-by-two matrix that became very famous in the business world and is known as the Growth-Share matrix.

Based on ratings on high and low across two dimensions, market growth rate and market share of a particular firm, it creates four categorisations:

1) High-high = Star
2) High share – low growth = Cash Cow
3) Low share – high growth = Question mark or problem child
4) Low – low = Dog

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In my review of

Yes, You Can Time the Market!” by Ben Stein and Phil DeMuth

posted to Amazon.co.uk, I gave the book Four Stars.

This means I think it is Good and Well Worth Reading.

Here is my book review.

An important message

I discovered this book after reading Financial Bull Riding (LFB), a book about using the Austrian Business Cycle Theory to guide when you make investments.

In summary this is quite a boring book with a very important message that underlines the essence of successful investing… buy when prices are low. [continue reading…]

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Financial Bull Riding by Roger McKinney

In my review of

“Financial Bull Riding” by Roger McKinney

I posted on Amazon.co.uk, I gave the book Four Stars.

This means I think it is Good and Well Worth Reading.

Here is my book review.

Can You Use The Austrian Business Cycle Theory For Investing?

This is an interesting book but I intend to start with what I don’t like before explaining why I think it’s well worth reading for some people.

What I Don’t Like

1) It’s written around an analogy of bull riding at a rodeo. I found it more distracting than helpful but then, I know nothing about rodeos.

2) It assumes a level of knowledge of economics, finance and investment. It’s therefore not a book for beginners. [continue reading…]

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The Death of Money by James Rickards

The full title of this book by Jim Rickards is

The Death of Money: The Coming Collapse of the International Monetary System“.

In my review posted on Amazon.co.uk, I gave the book Four Stars. This means I think it is Good and Well Worth Reading.

Here is my book review.

If you weren’t paranoid about the financial situation before…

Interesting book from a finance “insider” who has also worked with the CIA and Department of Defense in the USA on tracking manipulation of the financial markets.

In clear view, the Federal Reserve, European Central Bank, Bank of Japan and the politicians around the world with a fragile understanding of economics are doing a good job of accidentally screwing up the modern financial system that provides the basis for our current prosperity. [continue reading…]

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