How an Economy Grows and Why It Crashes

How an Economy Grows and Why It Crashes

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by Peter D. Schiff, Andrew J. Schiff
     
 

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EveR WONDER . . .
  • Why governments can spend without ever seeming to run out of money?
  • Why some countries are rich while others are poor?
  • Whether spending or saving is the best cure for a bad economy?
  • Where inflation comes from?
  • Why it's so hard to catch a fish with your bare hands?

How An Economy Grows And Why It

Overview

EveR WONDER . . .

  • Why governments can spend without ever seeming to run out of money?
  • Why some countries are rich while others are poor?
  • Whether spending or saving is the best cure for a bad economy?
  • Where inflation comes from?
  • Why it's so hard to catch a fish with your bare hands?

How An Economy Grows And Why It Crashes

Understanding how all the pieces of an economy fit together can be a daunting task—especially when the experts can't seem to do it. But when you get down to the basics, it is much easier than you may think. How an Economy Grows and Why It Crashes uses illustrations, humor, and accessible storytelling to take economics off its lofty shelf and put it back on the kitchen table where it belongs.

This straightforward story of fish, nets, saving, and lending exposes the gaping holes that lie hidden in our global economic conversation. With wit and humor, the Schiffs explain the roots of economic growth, the importance of trade, savings, and risk, the source of inflation, the effects of interest rates and government stimulus, the destructive nature of consumer credit, and many other economic principles that are so frequently discussed and so poorly understood.

The story may appear simple on the surface but it will leave you with a powerful understanding of How an Economy Grows and Why It Crashes.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780470768006
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
04/30/2010
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
533,015
File size:
10 MB

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Meet the Author

Peter D. Schiff is CEO and Chief Global Strategist of Euro Pacific Capital, an SEC-Registered Investment Advisor and a full-service broker/dealer, and Chairman of Euro Pacific Precious Metals. He is a widely followed opponent of debt-fueled growth policies and known for his advocacy of emerging market and commodity-focused investments in countries with positive economic and fiscal characteristics. Mr. Schiff has been quoted hundreds of times in leading news outlets around the world, including the Wall Street Journal, Barron's, Die Zeit, Tokyo Shimbun, South China Morning Post, Investor's Business Daily, the Financial Times, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and the Washington Post. He appears regularly on CNBC, CNN, BBC, Al Jazeera, Fox News, and Fox Business.

Andrew J. Schiff, a veteran media and marketing consultant in the financial services industry, leads the communications and media effort at Euro Pacific Capital. Andrew has worked closely with his brother Peter for nearly a decade, first as an outside consultant and then as a key member of the Euro Pacific team. He has helped develop, refine, and target Euro Pacific strategic communications for media and clients.

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How an Economy Grows and Why It Crashes 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 40 reviews.
RolfDobelli More than 1 year ago
Talk about economics for even a few minutes, and watch your listeners' eyes glaze over. But tell them a story that grabs their attention and makes them smile - then you can teach them anything. That's the tactic controversial Libertarian Irwin Schiff used to teach his sons - brokers Peter D. Schiff and Andrew J. Schiff - the basics of economics. The Schiff brothers have cleverly updated their dad's "fish story," first published in 1979, to show how decades of political and economic blunders have led to financial crisis. With cute cartoons and witty, though deliberately imprecise, characterizations, their picture book presents a fable about the ways that politics and human frailty can lead people to violate the rules of supply and demand - thus creating fishy fiscal headaches. Inserted "reality checks" relate the story's ideas to current events to explain the tale's metaphors to readers at all levels of financial sophistication. While some may disagree with the authors' libertarian views, others may recognize underlying realities in their allegory. getAbstract recommends this fine fable to anyone seeking a simple presentation of a complicated subject. To learn more about this book, check out the following link: http://www.getabstract.com/summary/14107/how-an-economy-grows-and-why-it-crashes.html
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book put the basics of economics into an easy to read, entertaining, and surprisingly humorous story of an island and how it's economy grew from three people fishing with their hands, to how the US's economy is now. Peter Schiff takes what most people view as a very complicated subject, and boils it down to a very simple and easy to read story. I knew very little about economics and loved the book just as much as my boyfriend did, who spends his spare time reading up on everything about economics and knows a lot. This book is eye opening, and really helps you get a grasp on how our economy got to be how it is now.
Svetoslav-Elenkov More than 1 year ago
Very easy to read. It's enjoyable, and informative. Even if you understand austrian economics, you'll still get a kick out of reading this. I also recommend it as a gift or educational tool. As an author I appreciate the ability to balance the content of the book so anyone could enjoy it.
WSMtrumpet More than 1 year ago
Wonderful book. It makes economics very easy to understand to somebody of any age. It's a very eye-opening book by an expert on the subject.
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