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Overview

Praise for Mobs, Messiahs, and Markets

"This book strikes at the center of conventional wisdom. It is brilliant, deep, and fun to read."
—Nicholas Nassim Taleb, author of the legendary investment classic, Fooled by Randomness, and the recent bestseller on probability, The Black Swan

"As fun to read as it is thought-provoking and filled with fascinating insights into how the world really works. It will teach you a proper skepticism as to what we are told by the mainstream media."
—John Mauldin, President, Millennium Wave Advisors, LLC author of the New York Times bestsellers, Bull's Eye Investing and Just One Thing

"Learn about Fed bubbles and make Ben Bernanke unhappy: read this book."
—Lew Rockwell, President, the Ludwig von Mises Institute

"A cock-eyed, frolicking hell of a read."
—Dr. Mark Skousen, Professor of Economics and Editor, The Worldly Philosophers

"I laughed aloud, I learned, and I was even offended. Behind the crafty writing, the authors share the deeper secrets of investing and push us to question what we believe. 'Think for yourself!' this book screams."
—Steve Sjuggerud, Editor, True Wealth, one of the world's most widely read investment letters

"Mobs, Messiahs, and Markets is one of the funniest and most entertaining books I have ever read. A classic for the student of the current period in history. If I had to name just one book investors should read, this is the one I would select."
—Dr. Marc Faber, world-famous contrarian guru, author of the bestseller, Tomorrow's Gold, and Editor of the maverick Gloom Boom & Doom Report

"Entertainingly and irreverently investigates the 'do-gooders' and 'world-improvers' who stir up mass hysteria, unjustified wars, and financial crises, while at the same time it warns readers how to better protect themselves and their pocketbooks."
—Ron Paul, Congressman and Presidential candidate

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Editorial Reviews

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"…extremely timely…irreverent but thought-provoking examination of the goings on in international finance today… packs a serious punch." (The Independent)

"To say that this book is skeptical or contrarian is like saying Warren Buffett has money....entertaining criticism of anything and everything...I read the full 400 pages in just a few days.."-Rob May at Business Pundit (Top 10 business site) http://www.businesspundit.com/50226711/mobs_messiahs_and_markets.php(Nov. 2007)

"...the recent market instability stemming out of subprime woes makes this book extremely timely." (Gulf Business, February 2008)

"Mobs, Messiahs, and Markets by William Bonner and Lila Rajiva is a fascinating work....downright hilarious...a serious look at an important phenomenon in the human condition."- Dr. Jonathan Dolhenty of the highly rated philosophy site, Radical Academy (Oct. 2007)

"a sharp-witted jaunt through the mass hysteria that’s defined markets and people through the ages" -Money Week (Sept. 2007)

"William Bonner and Lila Rajiva provide the answers in this exhilarating — if somewhat depressing — book. Although their insights will often make readers laugh out loud, they will also find themselves wriggling uncomfortably at the manifold idiocies of human behaviour." -The National Post, Canada (Nov. 07)

"Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles MacKay would be a better choice to begin. Without that context for this book, you'll find yourself gobbling caviar without knowing what it is." - Donald Mitchell, author of The 2000 Percent Solution, December 18, 2007

"A fascinating book," - Alan Caruba in Book Views, December, 2007

"Mobs, Messiahs, and Markets is a tragi-comedy, full of sharp observations, delivered with equally sharp wit. This book's dark and disturbing revelations could leave one depressed and disillusioned, were it not so damn funny." — Adam Bergen at Blog Critics, December 31, 2007

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470112328
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 8/24/2007
  • Series: Agora Series , #2
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 432
  • Product dimensions: 9.22 (w) x 6.18 (h) x 1.38 (d)

Meet the Author

William (Bill) Bonner is President and CEO of Agora Inc., one of the world's largest financial newsletter companies (www.agorafinancial.com). He is the creator of the Daily Reckoning, a contrarian financial newsletter (www.dailyreckoning.com). Bonner is also the author, with Addison Wiggin, of the international bestsellers Financial Reckoning Day and Empire of Debt.

Lila Rajiva is a political journalist and the author of The Language of Empire, a groundbreaking study of the media coverage of the Abu Ghraib prison scandal. She is a contributing editor/writer at Agora Publishing Group and the creator of the blog, The Mind-Body Politic (www.lilarajiva.com).

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Table of Contents

Part One: A Critique of Impure Reason.

Chapter 1. Do-Gooders Gone Bad.

Chapter 2. Love in the Time of Viagra.

Chapter 3. The Transit of Venus.

Part Two: Witch Hunts and War Drums.

Chapter 4. The Devil Made Them Do It.

Chapter 5. Words of War.

Part Three: Militant Messiahs.

Chapter 6. War and Remembrance.

Chapter 7. Empire of Delusion.

Chapter 8. Heroes of the Revolution.

Part Four: Flattening the Globe.

Chapter 9. The Number Game.

Chapter 10. The Flat Earth Society.

Chapter 11. What the Yonghy-Bonghy-Bo Didn't Know.

Part Five: The Bubble Kings.

Chapter 12. Fin de Bubble.

Chapter 13. The Million-Dollar Trailer.

Chapter 14. Central Bank Bamboozle.

Chapter 15. The Mother of the Mother of All Bubbles.

Part Six: Far From the Madding Mob.

Chapter 16. How Not to Be Chumped by Wall Street.

Chapter 17. The Dupe of Hearts.

Notes.

Index.

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  • Posted October 27, 2009

    I haven't received my order

    Hello,

    I'm very disapointed, because i haven't received yet this book. I checked in my post office an called the Customs office, but they don't have anything.

    So thank you to send me my order!

    Regards

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2009

    Nice beach read...

    Each chapter has the feel of a fluff piece and glosses over the material at a fast pace. Perfect for reading on the beach, but not very satisfying if you want to glean insight into the subject matter.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2007

    Not worth the price

    This book contains some obvious truths which should be self-evident to anyone with half a brain. However since some folks follow the mob, perhaps they need telling again. Trouble is the style is pompous, over-stated, and patronising, and leaves you feeling the authors are trying to impress with words to make up for the absence of real content. I would not recommend it. If you want financial advice, there are loads of independent advisers who do NOT follow the mob, who can guide you for free. Save your money. Don't be part of the mob that gets taken in by this dribble.

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