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When Money Dies: The Nightmare of Deficit Spending, Devaluation, and Hyperinflation in Weimar Germany

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2011

    Truly Frightening!

    Over and over again, this book reminds the reader of the headlines today in 2011: out of control government obligations, exorbitant printing of money, the strong-arm tactics of labor unions, and the helplessness of average people to stop any of it. In Weimar Germany, the solution for every economic problem was to print more money. Nowadays, we call that printing quantitative easing and it can actually happen faster and easier than the old way of printing paper money.

    This should be required reading for both sides of the aisle in Washington. If they don't quit printing and spending, this is how we'll end up.

    The book itself reads like a novel. Just when you think things can't get any worse, they always do. You can feel the desperation of the people as they gradually succumb to the rot of inflation. They sell their belongings (and selves) to buy food and the other essentials of life. The final paragraph of the Epilogue illustrates this desperation well:

    "In war, boots; in flight, a place in a boat or a seat on a lorry may be the most vital thing in the world, more desirable than untold millions. In hyperinflation, a kilo of potatoes was worth, to some, more than the family silver; a side of pork more than the grand piano. A prostitute in the family was better than an infant corpse; theft was preferable to starvation; warmth was finer than honour, clothing more essential than democracy, food more needed than freedom."

    Buy copies for all of your elected representatives before its too late...

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Excellent description

    Provides excellent information about the ludicrosity of just letting the money printing press go wild. It is an excellent awareness for the present situation in the United States. There really is a limit to letting the money presses run wild.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 31, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    I have not read this book

    If the book is anyghing like the synopsis for this book I would not want to wade through the details; if this makes me dumb so be it.

    1 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 1, 2013

    Excellent read

    This book should be a must read for every American because we all need to understand the horrors of manipulation of the Economy and how it causes destruction in the lives of every day citizens.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2011

    worth working through

    This is dense and in some instances too much information but even if you work through a few chapters you will get an idea of how dangerous inflation can be. The fact that the problem is set in Europe makes it much more vivid and real than stories of the horrible inflation suffered in subSaharan countries or South America.
    The author should find a better way of expressing the magnitude of the inflation than the jargon used.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 18, 2011

    why coment

    if you havent read the book why post. my post on the post

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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