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  1. 5.2 hrs • 8/11/2016 • Unabridged

    In Other Peoples Money And How The Banks Use It, Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis denounces corporatism, monopolies, investment bankers, and above all, the total consolidation of American wealth into the hands of a privileged few. Completely uncensored, there are few indictments of the American banking system as incendiary. LOUIS D. BRANDEIS was an Associate Justice Of The Supreme Court and a patriot. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest crusaders for social justice in our nation's history, credited with drafting our most important Right To Privacy Laws, as well as championing our right to freedom of speech.He wrote "Other People's Money and How Bankers Use It" to warn the American people about the greedy bankers that control the United States and drive us into financial ruin.

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    Other People's Money

    5.2 hrs • 8/11/16 • Unabridged
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    4.1 hrs • 4/5/2016 • Unabridged

    From the bestselling author of Currency Wars and The Death of Money comes a short, provocative argument for the enduring value of gold. James Rickards is the most visible, vocal, and intelligent proponent for the gold standard today, and his unwavering stance on gold’s value has drawn him hordes of lifelong fans. In The New Case for Gold Rickards explains why gold is one of the safest assets for investors in times of political instability and market volatility, and how every investor should look to add gold to his or her portfolio. He draws on historical case studies, monetary theory, and personal experience as an investor to argue that gold should be a part of any prudent investor’s portfolio. And he provides tools and mental models for how investors can make the case for gold to the skeptics in their lives.

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    The New Case for Gold

    4.1 hrs • 4/5/16 • Unabridged
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  3. 11.1 hrs • 3/10/2015 • Unabridged

    Money. We obsess about it in a material sense, but we don’t know much about it on a deeper level. We know it makes the world go ‘round, but do we really understand how? It’s what we want, but why? Coined is a colorful take on the history of money and its meaning in our lives. Kabir Sehgal’s voice and vision are unique products of his sophisticated grasp of the subject—he is both a keen observer of and a high-stakes player in the global economic continuum. Sehgal is an approachable, authoritative guide to an unprecedented interdisciplinary safari, in which readers will learn how money and our intrinsic compulsion to value and exchange is fundamental to our survival. Exploring topics like the ancient Vedic notion of debt, monkeys who understand fruit juice as currency, the neuroscience of gambling, money in art, and many more ideas, Coined mixes stories from the front lines of global currency exchange with extensive, thoughtful research. With often surprising and thought-provoking anecdotes and research, Coined presents an entertaining, multidimensional portrait of currency through the ages.

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    Coined

    11.1 hrs • 3/10/15 • Unabridged
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  4. 14.1 hrs • 2/17/2015 • Unabridged

    The meeting of world leaders at Bretton Woods in 1944 was the only time countries from around the world agreed to overhaul the structure of the international monetary system. The system they set up presided over the longest, strongest, and most stable period of growth the world economy has ever seen. At the very heart of the conference was the love-hate relationship between the Briton John Maynard Keynes, the greatest economist of his day, and his American counterpart Harry Dexter White (later revealed to be passing information secretly to Russian spies). Both were intent on creating an economic settlement that would put right the wrongs of Versailles. Both were working to prevent another world war. But they were also working to defend their countries’ national interests. Drawing on a wealth of unpublished accounts, diaries, and oral histories, this brilliant book describes the conference in stunning color and clarity. This is an extraordinary debut from a talented historian.

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    The Summit

    14.1 hrs • 2/17/15 • Unabridged
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    13.2 hrs • 5/1/2014 • Unabridged

    “The next financial collapse will resemble nothing in history…Deciding upon the best course to follow will require comprehending a minefield of risks, while poised at a crossroads, pondering the death of the dollar.” The international monetary system has collapsed three times in the past hundred years, in 1914, 1939, and 1971. Each collapse was followed by a period of tumult: war, civil unrest, or significant damage to the stability of the global economy. Now James Rickards, the acclaimed author of Currency Wars, shows why another collapse is rapidly approaching—and why this time, nothing less than the institution of money itself is at risk. The American dollar has been the global reserve currency since the end of the Second World War. If the dollar fails, the entire international monetary system will fail with it. No other currency has the deep, liquid pools of assets needed to do the job. Optimists have always said, in essence, that there’s nothing to worry about—that confidence in the dollar will never truly be shaken, no matter how high our national debt or how dysfunctional our government. But in the last few years, the risks have become too big to ignore. While Washington is gridlocked and unable to make progress on our long-term problems, our biggest economic competitors—China, Russia, and the oil-producing nations of the Middle East—are doing everything possible to end US monetary hegemony. The potential results: financial warfare, deflation, hyperinflation, market collapse … chaos. Rickards offers a bracing analysis of these and other threats to the dollar. The fundamental problem is that money and wealth have become more and more detached. Money is transitory and ephemeral, and it may soon be worthless if central bankers and politicians continue on their current path. But true wealth is permanent and tangible, and it has real value worldwide. The author shows how everyday citizens who save and invest have become guinea pigs in the central bankers’ laboratory. The world’s major financial players—national governments, big banks, multilateral institutions—will always muddle through by patching together new rules of the game. The real victims of the next crisis will be small investors who assume that what has worked for decades will keep working. Fortunately, it’s not too late to prepare for the coming death of money. Rickards explains the power of converting unreliable money into real wealth: gold, land, fine art, and other long-term stores of value.

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    The Death of Money

    13.2 hrs • 5/1/14 • Unabridged
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  6. 8.0 hrs • 8/13/2013 • Unabridged

    Say good-bye to your beloved Benjamins, because the world is going cashless. So says David Wolman, and in The End of Money, he explores the drastic implications. How is it happening? What’s at stake? Why does it matter?  Each chapter of this timely and fascinating audiobook focuses on a specific aspect of the coming cashlessness. Its cast of compelling characters includes an end-times fundamentalist who views the growing obsolescence of cash as a sign of the coming rapture; an Icelandic artist whose claim to fame illustrates the complicated relationship between cash and nationalism; an American libertarian and coin-maker convicted on federal charges for the distribution of “Liberty” coins and Ron Paul dollars; and an Indian software engineer (self-billed as “the assassin of cash”) whose firm is enabling digital payment methods that are lifting the living standards of thousands of poor New Delhi residents via their cell phones. Raising the stakes with a personal experiment, Wolman goes (almost) a full year without using cash at all. All told, The End of Money offers everything there is to love about popular nonfiction, rendering a complex subject entertaining and easily approachable for a wide audience while proving the ultimate adventurousness inherent in a curiosity about the workings of the world. 

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    The End of Money

    8.0 hrs • 8/13/13 • Unabridged
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    10.6 hrs • 9/27/2012 • Unabridged

    Did Wall Street cause the mess we are in? Should Washington place stronger regulations on the entire financial industry? Can we lower unemployment rates by controlling the free market? The answer is no. Not only is free market capitalism good for the economy, says industry expert John Allison, it is our only hope for recovery. As the nation’s longest-serving CEO of one of the top twenty-five financial institutions, Allison has had a unique inside view of the events leading up to the financial crisis. He has seen the direct effect of government incentives on the real estate market. He has seen how government regulations only make matters worse. Now in this controversial wake-up call of a book, he has given us a solution. The Financial Crisis and the Free Market Cure reveals – why regulation is bad for the market—and for the world; – what we can do to promote a healthy free market; – how we can help end unemployment in America; – the truth about TARP and the bailouts; – how Washington can help Wall Street build a better future for everyone. With shrewd insight, alarming insider details, and practical advice for today’s leaders, this electrifying analysis is nothing less than a call to arms for a nation on the brink. You’ll learn how government incentives helped blow up the real estate bubble to unsustainable proportions, how financial tools such as derivatives have been wrongly blamed for the crash, and how Congress fails to understand it should not try to control the market—and then completely mismanages it when it tries. In the end, you’ll understand why it’s so important to put the “free” back into free market. It’s time for America to accept the truth: the government can’t fix the economy because the government wrecked the economy. This book gives us the tools, the inspiration—and the cure.

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    The Financial Crisis and the Free Market Cure by John Allison

    The Financial Crisis and the Free Market Cure

    10.6 hrs • 9/27/12 • Unabridged
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  8. 6.4 hrs • 9/20/2012 • Unabridged

    Milton Friedman demonstrates through historical events the mischief that can result from misunderstanding the monetary system; how, for example, the work of two obscure Scottish chemists destroyed the presidential prospects of William Jennings Bryan, and how Franklin D. Roosevelt’s decision to appease a few senators from the American West helped communism triumph in China. He discusses the creation of value, from stones to feathers to gold. He outlines the central role of monetary theory and shows how it can act to ignite or deepen inflation. He explains, in layman’s English, what the present monetary system in the United States—a system without historical precedent—means for your paycheck and savings book, as well as for the global economy.

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    Money Mischief by Milton Friedman

    Money Mischief

    6.4 hrs • 9/20/12 • Unabridged
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  9. 4.8 hrs • 5/1/2012 • Unabridged

    With the weakening dollar a hot topic for retirees, savers, and investors, this Little Book delves into the economic turmoil in the United States and shows how to survive it. The US dollar is losing value at an alarming rate. According to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) index, US currency is 37 percent below fair value against the Australian dollar and 20 percent versus the Canadian dollar. The decline of the US dollar is one of the biggest threats facing American investors today, but with The Little Book of the Shrinking Dollar: What You Can Do to Protect Your Money Now in hand, you have the knowledge and the expertise you need to fight back. New York Times bestselling author Addison Wiggin, a leading economic forecaster, explores the reasons for the dollar’s decline and its precarious relationship to other currencies around the world. Filled with invaluable strategies for retirees, savers, and investors who want to keep their money safe no matter what lies ahead, this audiobook is your one-stop guide to weathering the storm. The US dollar is no longer the secure and stable currency that most Americans grew up believing in. Even after recent gains, the dollar remains weak. But with the Little Book of the Shrinking Dollar you have a concise guide to what’s driving its demise and everything you need to protect your money today and in the years to come.

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  10. 8.1 hrs • 5/1/2012 • Unabridged

    The Great Recession is more than four years old, and counting. Yet, as Paul Krugman points out in this powerful volley, “Nations rich in resources, talent, and knowledge—all the ingredients for prosperity and a decent standard of living for all—remain in a state of intense pain.” How bad have things gotten? How did we get stuck in what now can only be called a depression? And above all, how do we free ourselves? Krugman pursues these questions with his characteristic lucidity and insight. He has a powerful message for anyone who has suffered over these past four years, a quick, strong recovery is just one step away, if our leaders can find the “intellectual clarity and political will” to end this depression now.

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    End This Depression Now!

    8.1 hrs • 5/1/12 • Unabridged
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  11. 8.0 hrs • 2/14/2012 • Unabridged

    For ages, money has meant little metal disks and rectangular slips of paper. Yet the usefulness of physical money—to say nothing of its value—is coming under fire as never before. Intrigued by the distinct possibility that cash will soon disappear, author and Wired contributing editor David Wolman sets out to investigate the future of money … and how it will affect your wallet. Wolman begins his journey by deciding to shun cash for an entire year—a surprisingly successful experiment (with a couple of notable exceptions). He then ventures forth to find people and technologies that illuminate the road ahead. In Honolulu he drinks Mai Tais with Bernard von NotHaus, a convicted counterfeiter and alternative-currency evangelist whom government prosecutors have labeled a domestic terrorist. In Tokyo he sneaks a peek at the latest anti-counterfeiting wizardry, while puzzling over the fact that banknote forgers depend on society’s addiction to cash. In a downtrodden Oregon town, he mingles with obsessive coin collectors—the people who are supposed to love cash the most, yet don’t. And in rural Georgia, he examines why some people feel the end of cash is Armageddon’s warm-up act. After stops at the Digital Money Forum in London and Iceland’s central bank, Wolman flies to Delhi, where he sees first-hand how cash penalizes the poor more than anyone—and how mobile technologies promise to change that. Told with verve and wit, The End of Money explores an aspect of our daily lives so fundamental that we rarely stop to think about it. You’ll never look at a dollar bill the same again.

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    The End of Money

    8.0 hrs • 2/14/12 • Unabridged
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    9.9 hrs • 12/5/2011 • Unabridged

    In 1971, President Nixon imposed national price controls and took the United States off the gold standard, an extreme measure intended to end an ongoing currency war that had destroyed faith in the U.S. dollar. Today we are engaged in a new currency war, and this time the consequences will be far worse than those that confronted Nixon. Currency wars are one of the most destructive and feared outcomes in international economics. At best, they offer the sorry spectacle of countries' stealing growth from their trading partners. At worst, they degenerate into sequential bouts of inflation, recession, retaliation, and sometimes actual violence. Left unchecked, the next currency war could lead to a crisis worse than the panic of 2008. Currency wars have happened before—twice in the last century alone—and they always end badly. Time and again, paper currencies have collapsed, assets have been frozen, gold has been confiscated, and capital controls have been imposed. And the next crash is overdue. Recent headlines about the debasement of the dollar, bailouts in Greece and Ireland, and Chinese currency manipulation are all indicators of the growing conflict. As James Rickards argues in Currency Wars, this is more than just a concern for economists and investors. The United States is facing serious threats to its national security, from clandestine gold purchases by China to the hidden agendas of sovereign wealth funds. Greater than any single threat is the very real danger of the collapse of the dollar itself. Baffling to many observers is the rank failure of economists to foresee or prevent the economic catastrophes of recent years. Not only have their theories failed to prevent calamity, they are making the currency wars worse. The U. S. Federal Reserve has engaged in the greatest gamble in the history of finance, a sustained effort to stimulate the economy by printing money on a trillion-dollar scale. Its solutions present hidden new dangers while resolving none of the current dilemmas. While the outcome of the new currency war is not yet certain, some version of the worst-case scenario is almost inevitable if U.S. and world economic leaders fail to learn from the mistakes of their predecessors.

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    Currency Wars

    9.9 hrs • 12/5/11 • Unabridged
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  13. 7.9 hrs • 9/2/2010 • Unabridged

    How bad will the current recession get? According to Eric Janszen, we could be facing an unemployment rate of over 10 percent; half of all retail stores boarded up; skeletons of unfinished buildings in our cities; and tax revenues down by 30 percent, leading to big cuts in government services. Meanwhile, inflation will keep rising as the Fed is forced to devalue the dollar, because foreign countries won’t lend to us anymore. It sounds grim, but the good news is that this crisis will open the door to a saner economic future if we recognize the opportunity to correct decades of bad policy. America can wean itself from the debt-financed growth of the past thirty years and restructure to grow based on old-fashioned savings and investment. Janszen shows that the key is not more big government but deploying our unique capacity for innovation through private-public partnerships. He calls for a modern New Deal that develops twenty-first century industries such as biotechnology, alternative energy, and nanotechnology. And he shows how our financial markets can adapt to make it happen. This is an essential book for everyone who is struggling to understand our current predicament.

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    The Postcatastrophe Economy

    7.9 hrs • 9/2/10 • Unabridged
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  14. 5.5 hrs • 11/1/2006 • Unabridged

    Most Americans are familiar with the political history of the United States, but there is another history woven all through it, a largely forgotten history—the story of the money men. Acclaimed historian H. W. Brands brings them back to life: J. P. Morgan, who stabilized a foundering U.S. Treasury in 1907; Alexander Hamilton, who founded the first national bank, and Nicholas Biddle, under whose directorship it failed; Jay Cooke, who helped to finance the Union war effort through his then-innovative strategy of selling bonds to ordinary Americans; and Jay Gould, who tried to corner the market on gold in 1869 and as a result brought about Black Friday and fled for his life.

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    The Money Men

    5.5 hrs • 11/1/06 • Unabridged
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  15. 3.0 hrs • 6/1/1997 • Abridged

    On the publication of Andrew Hacker's instant classic and bestselling Two Nations: Black and White, Separate, Hostile, Unequal, Newsweek described him as a "political scientist doing with statistics what Fred Astaire did with hats, canes, and chairs. he doesn't crunch numbers: he makes them live and breathe." Now, with the same keen, objective insight and wizardry with numbers, Hacker tackles the other emotionally charged issue that most preoccupies us, wealth and its distribution. In MONEY, Hacker sifts through reams of data to answer the questions we most frequently ask about money: Have women made real strides toward economic parity? Has affirmative action improved the economic status of African Americans? Does immigration really take jobs away from hardworking Americans? Hacker's answers are surprising and fascinating, illuminating the financial condition of every strata of America. Shattering all the taboos we have on the subjects of wealth, poverty, and worth, MONEY is essential listening for anyone who wants to know more about their slice of the American pie.

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    Money

    3.0 hrs • 6/1/97 • Abridged
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