Money Meltdown

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In the author's masterful treatment, monetary theories come alive. Starting with an overview of the work of John Maynard Keynes and Harry Dexter White, Shelton ( The Coming Soviet Crash ) examines the pivotal gold-based Bretton Woods agreement of 1944, which created a stable international monetary system. President Lyndon Johnson's inability to wage war abroad without properly financing it at home, she maintains, eroded Bretton Woods. Deficits and inflation became commonplace, undermining the dollar in international trade. By the late 1980s, monetary disorder, ``rampant throughout the world,'' had become the norm. Shelton's solution: a gold standard operated by the government. She claims it would be ``a tremendous contribution'' not ``just to free but also fair trade.'' Although she minimizes downside risks associated with this undertaking, her sterling prose and provocative observations should engender debate among central bankers and politicians. (May)
Library Journal
Shelton (Hoover Inst., Stanford Univ.) examines the current disorder in international monetary relations and explains the far-reaching effects of the erratic and fluctuating exchange rates on world trade and international investments. She does a masterful job of analyzing the evolution of the international monetary system, from the preparations for the Bretton Woods conference in 1944 to the postwar currency stability to the current disorder of monetary relations. She then presents an ``agenda'' for a new fixed exchange rate-based monetary regime that would remedy the deficiencies of the current system and take into account the post-Cold War environment. This book will be of interest to academics, policy makers, politicians, and others who want to gain a better grasp of the implications of the disorderly flow of capital created by the behavior of the exchange market speculators. For academic libraries.-- Ali D. Abdulla, East Carolina Univ., Greenville, N.C.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780684863948
  • Publisher: Free Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/1998
  • Pages: 412
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Losing the Dream 1
Currency Chaos 3
Retreat to Protectionism 8
Global Conflict 11
1 The Legacy of Bretton Woods 15
Keynes's Vision 18
White's Blueprint 28
Bureaucratic Nightmare 33
Great Expectations 49
2 The Fall from Grace 61
Guns and Butter 63
The Almighty Dollar 69
Into the Void 84
3 The World on Edge 103
European Disunity 107
America First 117
Japan Says No 129
The New Russia 139
Ostracized Eastern Europe 146
Ambitious Latin America 150
China: Red Hot 159
Fallen Comrades 164
4 Theory Versus Reality 171
Dirty Float 175
Pegged Rates 194
Hard Money 211
Private Currencies 229
5 The Solid Choice 243
Comparing the Options 245
Going for Gold 255
Back to the Future 264
Democratic Money 276
6 Agenda for a New Bretton Woods 289
America: Heal Thyself 292
Critical Mass 306
Global Breakthrough 325
Epilogue: The Sanctity of Sound Money 337
American Principles 340
Rival Domains 344
Solid Foundation 347
Notes 353
Acknowledgments 385
Index 389
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