Meltdown: A Free-Market Look at Why the Stock Market Collapsed, the Economy Tanked, and Government Bailouts Will Make Things Worse

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Overview

We can probably expect an avalanche of books in the coming months that purport to tell us what happened to the economy and what we should do about it. They'll be dead wrong, and most of the advice they provide will be dreadful. You can count on that.
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Here, Woods (www.thomasewoods.com) offers a decidedly free-market, conservative approach to the worldwide financial collapse of 2008–09. He explains his take on what led up to the current economic crisis, who's really to blame (namely, the Federal Reserve System), and why government bailouts won't work. Woods's views will appeal to listeners concerned about how the financial crisis impacts them as well as to business leaders and investors wishing to be more enlightened about the crisis. Two-time Audie Award nominee Alan Sklar's (see Behind the Mike, LJ3/1/09) solid, steady reading helps sustain interest. [Audio clip available through www.tantor.com; the Regnery hc, published in February, spent ten weeks on the New York Times best sellers list.—Ed.]—Dale Farris, Groves, TX


—Dale Farris
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596985872
  • Publisher: Regnery Publishing, Inc., An Eagle Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 2/9/2009
  • Pages: 194
  • Sales rank: 432,856
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author


Thomas E. Woods, Jr., is a senior fellow at the Ludwig von Mises Institute in Auburn, Alabama, and the author or coauthor of nine books, including the New York Time bestseller The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History.

Alan Sklar is the winner of several AudioFile Earphones Awards and a multiple finalist for the APA's prestigious Audie Award. Named a Best Voice of 2009 by AudioFile magazine, his work has twice earned him a Booklist Editors' Choice Award, a Publishers Weekly Listen-Up Award, and Audiobook of the Year by ForeWord magazine.

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Table of Contents

Foreword Ron Paul Paul, Ron

Ch. 1 The Elephant in the Living Room 1

Ch. 2 How Government Created the Housing Bubble 11

Ch. 3 The Great Wall Street Bailout 37

Ch. 4 How Government Causes the Boom-Bust Business Cycle 63

Ch. 5 Great Myths About the Great Depression 87

Ch. 6 Money 109

Ch. 7 What Now? 141

Acknowledgments 159

App Further Reading 161

Notes 165

Index 183

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  • Posted April 13, 2009

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    A must read for current times!

    Thomas Woods has reduced the function and misunderstanding of economics into a compelling read. This is a must read book for all regardless of your personal political philosophy. It is not written in economist language, but still with precision to enlighten the readers.

    10 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 2, 2009

    Meltdown

    Anyone who cares about our country should read this book and then start a "thought" revolution in their neighborhood and with their friends and family. This country was started long, long ago by folks who wanted religious freedom. They paid the price, we've enjoyed it but have forgotten where we came from. In simple terms, The War for Independence was fought because of a despostic king. We now have three despotic, out-of-control branches...Congress, Executive and Judiciary. They run roughshod over the Constitution. We, the people, have the Constitutional right to change the government when it no longer serves our needs and tramples our rights. It's time for a REVOLUTION. It's time to FIRE THEM ALL AND START OVER. Get rid of the Federal Reserve. Re-establish credit, monetary value and interest rates that mean something. This book goes to the heart of that revolutionary idea.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 10, 2009

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    I want to THROW UP after reading this

    This book made me sick! But it's not because it was poorly written or because it was a horror book- I wanted to throw up because I'm finally learning what is going on with our economy and government! And it's sickening. Everyone needs to pick up a copy of this! From inflation to bailouts, the higher ups are ruining us and most of us don't even know it's going on- buy this book, then give it to a friend, then buy another- You'll thank me for it!

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 26, 2009

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    If you want to know what's going on....

    This book is the first step to realizing what has and is going wrong with our economy. It helps to understand why government has always snagged the economy, and if we do not heed the warnings of this book, we are doomed to repeat history. Very sobering book, with good research and facts.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 23, 2010

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    this book talk about the biggest financial crisis since the great depression with big government spenting on bailout gm, chrysler, freddie and fannie and big banks and the future of america.

    a good financial book that talk about the future of america.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 15, 2009

    Misleading

    1. The Community Redevelopment Act is not solely to blame for the housing bubble. Lenders such as Countywide and others VOLUNTARILY lent FAR BEYOND any governmental decree. Why? Because there was no link between loan and loan repayment due to the bundling of loans into mortgaged back securities. This encouraged a FLOOD a loans, where the money was made on the fees charged PER LOAN, not their repayment. Lenders cared little if they were ever repaid. This was NOT caused by government edict, but by unregulated greed.
    Bottom line, the avarice associated with loan origination fees and the disconnect between originating loans and their repayment went FAR, FAR beyond any requirements of the Community Redevelopment Act.

    2. The data does not support the idea that federal spending exacerbated the Great Depression. When FDR decided to cut back on federal spending, the economy actually WORSENED and did not improve until spending was again increased. That is just reality. Sorry.

    3 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 4, 2009

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    FANTASTIC!!

    A must read for those who share in the idea of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 19, 2009

    Awesome Book

    A MUST read. I enjoy an author who attacks BOTH political parties and the FED as well. VERY interesting perspective on the gold standard as well. There's nothing more interesting than normative economic statements from somebody who's actually done the research. Do I agree with everything? No, but that doesn't take away from this book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2009

    Meltdown

    Fantastic and to the point.It was esay reading and not too long.The author make it simple to understand a difficult concept.It was very relevant to the current crises in the country and how we got there.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 7, 2009

    Meltdown Provides a Real Education and Makes You Think

    For anyone who wants to learn more about why we are in the current economic mess, Meltdown provides some wonderful information. If you have not heard of the Austrian School of Economics, you will find it is very relevant to the current situation. Don't take the pablum from the mainstream press and politicians, read this book to really understand the situation.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2012

    Great overview

    Great overview and excellent launchpad for further study.

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