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Drawing on a mix of economic history, network science, and sociology, "Currency Wars" provides a rich understanding of the increasing threats to U.S. national security, from dollar devaluation to collapse in the European periphery, failed states in Africa, Chinese neomercantilism, Russian adventurism, and the current scramble for gold. 256 pp. 25,000 print.
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James Rickards is a counselor, investment banker, and risk manager with over thirty years' experience in capital markets. He advises the Department of Defense, the U.S. intelligence community, and major hedge funds on global finance, and served as a facilitator of the first ever financial war games conducted by the Pentagon. A frequent guest on CNBC, CNN, Fox, C-SPAN, Bloomberg TV, and NPR, Rickards also lectures at Northwestern University and at the School of Advanced International Studies. Visit currencywarsbook.com

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"A literate financier with a global view." - "Barron's" "A literate financier with a global view." "Put on your flak vest and helmet and enter the dangerous battlefield of global finance. Jim Rickards takes you through a captivating roller- coaster ride-the past, the present, and a look at the problematical future of our ongoing currency wars."---Rear Admiral (Ret.) Stephen H. Baker, chief of staff, Fifth Fleet; recipient D "A literate financier with a global view."--"Barron's" "Jim Rickards highlights dangerous dynamics between national security and the international financial markets. What we assumed was firm ground under our feet is more like the narrowing point of a precipice. Our politicians, national security experts, and financial markets, each chasing carrots dangling in front of them, fail to see that they are leading America right off the edge."---Charles A. Duelfer, former special advisor to the director of the CIA, author "The leading edge of tomorrow''s warfare is economic, and we are being probed daily by those who would do us grave harm. . . . Fortunately, we are developing means of detection and a small cadre who understands that the economy intersects national security at the ground zero of modern warfare. "Currency Wars" provides the best introduction to how it has occurred in the past, how it is occurring today, and how we may prepare ourselves to prevent it from happening tomorrow."---Brigadier General (Ret.) Joseph L. Shaefer, U.S. Air Force Intelligence Crisis "A captivating, articulate, and thoughtful account of failed attempts by governments to create wealth by debasing their currencies. "Currency Wars" should be required reading for all policy makers, MBA students, and anyone concerned about the long-term stability and prosperity of Western democracies."---Sorin Sorescu, professor of finance, Texas A&M University "The leading edge of tomorrow's warfare is economic, and we are being probed daily by those who would do us grave harm. . . . Fortunately, we are developing means of detection and a small cadre who understands that the economy intersects national security at the ground zero of modern warfare. "Currency Wars" provides the best introduction to how it has occurred in the past, how it is occurring today, and how we may prepare ourselves to prevent it from happening tomorrow."---Brigadier General (Ret.) Joseph L. Shaefer, U.S. Air Force Intelligence Crisis "Rickards, experienced financial adviser, investment banker, and risk manager, tells us we are in a new currency war that could destroy faith in the U.S. dollar; he examines that war through the lens of economic policy, national security, and historical precedent. As a national security issue, he tells a fascinating story of his involvement with the Pentagon and other agencies in designing and participating in a war game using currencies and capital markets, instead of ships and planes, to gain early warning of attacks on the U.S. dollar. The author concludes that "mainstream economists and central bankers alike are well aware of dollar weakness and the risks to international monetary stability from the new currency wars." He sees four prospects for the dollar-multiple reserve currencies, special drawing rights, gold, and chaos. Rickards' ideas are controversial and will attract support and criticism across many disciplines. Nevertheless, he presents a compelling case for his views and offers thought-provoking information for library patrons. This is a must-read book."---Mary Whaley, "Booklist" "One of the most urgent books of the fall."--Mike Allen, Politico"Let's hope he's wrong."--Financial Times"Rickards . . . has written one of the scariest books I've read this year. Though I was tempted at first to dismiss him as alarmist, his intelligent reasoning soon convinced me that we have more to fear than fear itself. Part history, part primer and analysis, the text covers topics ranging from the "misuse of economics" to complexity theory. The pieces, although disparate, fit together snugly, as in one of those mystery jigsaw puzzles that come with clues in lieu of cover art. The picture that emerges is dark yet comprehensive and satisfying."--Bloomberg Businessweek"Unsettling . . . fascinating . . . a thorough analysis of how nations have manipulated their currencies . . . with disastrous consequences."--Fort Worth Star-Telegram"Buy Currency Wars if you want to learn the history and language of the global currency markets and the political economy which they support."--Chris Whalen, Ritholtz.com"Jim Rickards highlights dangerous dynamics between national security and the international financial markets. What we assumed was firm ground under our feet is more like the narrowing point of a precipice. Our politicians, national security experts, and financial markets, each chasing carrots dangling in front of them, fail to see that they are leading America right off the edge."--Charles A. Duelfer, former special adviser to the director of the CIA; author of Hide and Seek: The Search for Truth in Iraq"Put on your flak vest and helmet and enter the dangerous battlefield of global finance. Jim Rickards takes you through a captivating roller-coaster ride--the past, the present, and a look at the problematical future of our ongoing currency wars."--Rear Admiral (Ret.) Stephen H. Baker, chief of staff, Fifth Fleet; recipient, Distinguished Service Medal One of the most urgent books of the fall. Mike Allen, Politico Let s hope he s wrong. Financial Times Rickards . . . has written one of the scariest books I ve read this year. Though I was tempted at first to dismiss him as alarmist, his intelligent reasoning soon convinced me that we have more to fear than fear itself. Part history, part primer and analysis, the text covers topics ranging from the misuse of economics to complexity theory. The pieces, although disparate, fit together snugly, as in one of those mystery jigsaw puzzles that come with clues in lieu of cover art. The picture that emerges is dark yet comprehensive and satisfying. Bloomberg Businessweek Unsettling . . . fascinating . . . a thorough analysis of how nations have manipulated their currencies . . . with disastrous consequences. Fort Worth Star-Telegram Buy Currency Wars if you want to learn the history and language of the global currency markets and the political economy which they support. Chris Whalen, Ritholtz.com Jim Rickards highlights dangerous dynamics between national security and the international financial markets. What we assumed was firm ground under our feet is more like the narrowing point of a precipice. Our politicians, national security experts, and financial markets, each chasing carrots dangling in front of them, fail to see that they are leading America right off the edge. Charles A. Duelfer, former special adviser to the director of the CIA; author of Hide and Seek: The Search for Truth in Iraq Put on your flak vest and helmet and enter the dangerous battlefield of global finance. Jim Rickards takes you through a captivating roller-coaster ride the past, the present, and a look at the problematical future of our ongoing currency wars. Rear Admiral (Ret.) Stephen H. Baker, chief of staff, Fifth Fleet; recipient, Distinguished Service Medal" One of the most urgent books of the fall. Mike Allen, "Politico" Let s hope he s wrong. "Financial Times" Rickards . . . has written one of the scariest books I ve read this year. Though I was tempted at first to dismiss him as alarmist, his intelligent reasoning soon convinced me that we have more to fear than fear itself. Part history, part primer and analysis, the text covers topics ranging from the misuse of economics to complexity theory. The pieces, although disparate, fit together snugly, as in one of those mystery jigsaw puzzles that come with clues in lieu of cover art. The picture that emerges is dark yet comprehensive and satisfying. " Bloomberg Businessweek" Unsettling . . . fascinating . . . a thorough analysis of how nations have manipulated their currencies . . . with disastrous consequences. " Fort Worth Star-Telegram" Buy "Currency Wars "if you want to learn the history and language of the global currency markets and the political economy which they support. Chris Whalen, "Ritholtz.com" Jim Rickards highlights dangerous dynamics between national security and the international financial markets. What we assumed was firm ground under our feet is more like the narrowing point of a precipice. Our politicians, national security experts, and financial markets, each chasing carrots dangling in front of them, fail to see that they are leading America right off the edge. Charles A. Duelfer, former special adviser to the director of the CIA; author of "Hide and Seek: The Search for Truth in Iraq" Put on your flak vest and helmet and enter the dangerous battlefield of global finance. Jim Rickards takes you through a captivating roller-coaster ride the past, the present, and a look at the problematical future of our ongoing currency wars. Rear Admiral (Ret.) Stephen H. Baker, chief of staff, Fifth Fleet; recipient, Distinguished Service Medal" "One of the most urgent books of the fall."--Mike Allen, "Politico" "Let's hope he's wrong."--"Financial Times" "Rickards . . . has written one of the scariest books I've read this year. Though I was tempted at first to dismiss him as alarmist, his intelligent reasoning soon convinced me that we have more to fear than fear itself. Part history, part primer and analysis, the text covers topics ranging from the "misuse of economics" to complexity theory. The pieces, although disparate, fit together snugly, as in one of those mystery jigsaw puzzles that come with clues in lieu of cover art. The picture that emerges is dark yet comprehensive and satisfying.""--Bloomberg Businessweek" "Unsettling . . . fascinating . . . a thorough analysis of how nations have manipulated their currencies . . . with disastrous consequences.""--Fort Worth Star-Telegram" "Buy "Currency Wars "if you want to learn the history and language of the global currency markets and the political economy which they support."--Chris Whalen, "Ritholtz.com" "Jim Rickards highlights dangerous dynamics between national security and the international financial markets. What we assumed was firm ground under our feet is more like the narrowing point of a precipice. Our politicians, national security experts, and financial markets, each chasing carrots dangling in front of them, fail to see that they are leading America right off the edge."--Charles A. Duelfer, former special adviser to the director of the CIA; author of "Hide and Seek: The Search for Truth in Iraq" "Put on your flak vest and helmet and enter the dangerous battlefield of global finance. Jim Rickards takes you through a captivating roller-coaster ride--the past, the present, and a look at the problematical future of our ongoing currency wars."--Rear Admiral (Ret.) Stephen H. Baker, chief of staff, Fifth Fleet; recipient, Distinguished Service Medal "One of the most urgent books of the fall."--Mike Allen, "Politico" "Let's hope he's wrong."--"Financial Times" "Rickards . . . has written one of the scariest books I've read this year. Though I was tempted at first to dismiss him as alarmist, his intelligent reasoning soon convinced me that we have more to fear than fear itself. Part history, part primer and analysis, the text covers topics ranging from the "misuse of economics" to complexity theory. The pieces, although disparate, fit together snugly, as in one of those mystery jigsaw puzzles that come with clues in lieu of cover art. The picture that emerges is dark yet comprehensive and satisfying.""--Bloomberg Businessweek" "Unsettling . . . fascinating . . . a thorough analysis of how nations have manipulated their currencies . . . with disastrous consequences.""--Fort Worth Star-Telegram" "Buy "Currency Wars "if you want to learn the history and language of the global currency markets and the political economy which they support."--Chris Whalen, "Ritholtz.com" "Jim Rickards highlights dangerous dynamics between national security and the international financial markets. What we assumed was firm ground under our feet is more like the narrowing point of a precipice. Our politicians, national security experts, and financial markets, each chasing carrots dangling in front of them, fail to see that they are leading America right off the edge."--Charles A. Duelfer, former special adviser to the director of the CIA; author of "Hide and Seek: The Search for Truth in Iraq" "Put on your flak vest and helmet and enter the dangerous battlefield of global finance. Jim Rickards takes you through a captivating roller-coaster ride--the past, the present, and a look at the problematical future of our ongoing currency wars."--Rear Admiral (Ret.) Stephen H. Baker, chief of staff, Fifth Fleet; recipient, Distinguished Service Medal "A literate financier with a global view." -"Barron's" "Jim Rickards highlights dangerous dynamics between national security and the international financial markets. What we assumed was firm ground under our feet is more like the narrowing point of a precipice. Our politicians, national security experts, and financial markets, each chasing carrots dangling in front of them, fail to see that they are leading America right off the edge." -Charles A. Duelfer, former special advisor to the director of the CIA, author of "Hide and Seek: The Search for Truth in Iraq" "Put on your flak vest and helmet and enter the dangerous battlefield of global finance. Jim Rickards takes you through a captivating roller- coaster ride-the past, the present, and a look at the problematical future of our ongoing currency wars." -Rear Admiral (Ret.) Stephen H. Baker, chief of staff, Fifth Fleet; recipient Distinguished Service Medal "The leading edge of tomorrow's warf

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