A controversial look at the impending Chinese economic collapse - the history behind it, its contemporary causes, and its dire implications for the global economy. All the experts agree: The 21st century belongs to China. Given America´s looming insolvency and the possibility of the collapse of the U.S. dollar, who can doubt that China is poised to take over the role of economic superpower? Written by political economist and leading financial journalist James Gorrie, this audiobook offers a highly controversial, contrarian view of contemporary China. Drawing upon a wealth of historical and up-to-the-minute data, Gorrie makes a strong case that China, itself, is on the verge of an economic crisis of epic proportions. He explains how, caught in a recurrent boom/bust cycle that has played itself out several times over the past sixty years, China is again approaching total economic and social collapse. But with one important difference this time: They may very well take the entire global economy down with them. Explores the Chinese communist party´s unfortunate history of making costly and very bloody mistakes on an enormous scale One-by-one Gorrie analyzes those critical mistakes and explains how they may lead to economic collapse in China and global depression Describes Chinese ´´cannibal capitalism,´´ and where its massive abuse of the country´s environment, people, and arable lands is leading that country and the world economy Chronicles China´s history of recurring economic crisis and explains why all the evidence suggests that history is about to repeat itself 1. Language: English. Narrator: Noah Michael Levine. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/013675/bk_adbl_013675_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
There is no single theory of what caused the Great Depression and never will be, Morris argues. Macreconomics is a social science, and such a massive event always takes its shape from a terrible confluence of factors. The mismanagement of the gold standard, the growth in consumer credit, the insistence on deflation by some of the best minds in finance, the spread of ´´Fordism´´ through the manufacturing sector, the global agricultural catastrophe, and the inability of the major European belligerents of World War I to agree on a reconstruction agenda are just a few of the shocks that in aggregate pushed the world into an economic Armageddon. Morris does not fail to provide lessons that modern listeners can learn from the Great Crash. It´s tempting to pontificate about events of 80 years ago, but as Morris reminds us, our modern macroeconomics is still coming to terms with its failure to forecast how directly the much-trumpeted Great Moderation would lead to the Great Financial Crash of 2008. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Tom Perkins. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/high/001230/bk_high_001230_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
For over two decades, author Khafra K Om-Ra-Seti has been closely following many of the issues discussed in Global Economic Boom and Bust Cycles. As a self-proclaimed futurist and economic thinker, Khafra sees a world bordering on economic calamity but also understands that our world has the technological genius to create the conditions for a massive transformation after a period of purgatory. In biblical terms, the author informs us, ´´No one knows the hour or the day when the final reckoning will begin.´´ The central thesis of this book is to examine the power and massive influence of Boom and Bust Cycles on a global scale; a parallel mission is to also examine elements, technologies and systems that will give rise to a new era during our next recovery phase. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Alan Courtright. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/018860/bk_acx0_018860_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
This thoughtful examination of a century of travel writing about the American West overturns a variety of popular and academic stereotypes. Looking at both European and American travelers´ accounts of the West, from de Tocqueville´s Democracy in America to William Least Heat-Moon´s Blue Highways, David Wrobel offers a counternarrative to the nation´s romantic entanglement with its Western past and suggests the importance of some long-overlooked authors, lively and perceptive witnesses to our history who deserve new attention. Although in recent decades Western historians have paid little attention to travel writing, Wrobel demonstrates that this genre in fact offers an important and rich understanding of the American West - one that extends and complicates a simple reading of the West that promotes the notions of manifest Destiny or American exceptionalism. His book is a testament to the instructive ways in which the best travel writers have represented the West. Winner of the Western Heritage Award from the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. The book is published by University of New Mexico Press. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kirk O. Winkler. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/051235/bk_acx0_051235_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The New Deal shaped our nation´s politics for decades, and was seen by many as tantamount to the ´´American Way´´ itself. Now, in this superb compact history, Eric Rauchway offers an informed account of the New Deal and the Great Depression, illuminating its successes and failures. Rauchway first describes how the roots of the Great Depression lay in America´s post-war economic policies--described as ´´laissez-faire with a vengeance´´--which in effect isolated our nation from the world economy just when the world needed the United States most. He shows how the magnitude of the resulting economic upheaval, and the ineffectiveness of the old ways of dealing with financial hardships, set the stage for Roosevelt´s vigorous (and sometimes unconstitutional) Depression-fighting policies. Indeed, Rauchway stresses that the New Deal only makes sense as a response to this global economic disaster. The book examines a key sampling of New Deal programs, ranging from the National Recovery Agency and the Securities and Exchange Commission, to the Public Works Administration and Social Security, revealing why some worked and others did not. In the end, Rauchway concludes, it was the coming of World War II that finally generated the political will to spend the massive amounts of public money needed to put Americans back to work. And only the Cold War saw the full implementation of New Deal policies abroad--including the United Nations, the World Bank, and the International Monetary Fund.Today we can look back at the New Deal and, for the first time, see its full complexity. Rauchway captures this complexity in a remarkably short space, making this book an ideal introduction to one of the great policy revolutions in history. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Richard Davidson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/000898/bk_adbl_000898_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
International institutions, from the International Monetary Fund to the International Olympic Committee, are perceived as bastions of sclerotic mediocrity at best and outright corruption at worst, and this perception is generally not far off the mark. In the wake of the 2008 financial crash, Daniel W. Drezner, like so many others, looked at the smoking ruins of the global economy and wondered why global economic governance structure had failed so spectacularly, and what could be done to reform them in the future. But then a funny thing happened. As he surveyed their actions in the wake of the crash, he realized that the evidence pointed to the exact opposite conclusion: global economic governance had succeeded. In The System Worked , Drezner, a renowned political scientist and international relations expert, contends that despite the massive scale and reverberations of this latest crisis (larger, arguably, than those that precipitated the Great Depression), the global economy has bounced back remarkably well. Examining the major resuscitation efforts by the G-20, IMF, WTO, and other institutions, he shows that, thanks to the efforts of central bankers and other policymakers, the international response was sufficiently coordinated to prevent the crisis from becoming a full-fledged depression. Yet the narrative about the failure of multilateral economic institutions persists, both because the Great Recession affected powerful nations whose governments managed their own economies poorly, and because the most influential policy analysts who write the books and articles on the crisis hail from those nations. The System Worked is a vital contribution to our understanding of an area where the stakes could not be higher. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Charles Constant. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/019816/bk_adbl_019816_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Get the reality check you need to fight back against depression. Are you depressed? Have you tried the standard treatments, with few or no results? If so, Depression Smackdown is the book you´ve been waiting for. Therapy helps some; medication helps others. But depression can´t be cured by any one approach. If you´re still searching for the right depression treatment for yourself or a loved one, please, let this book help you heal! You´re not alone - one in five Americans suffers from major depression! Do you need a reality check to help you start winning the battle against depression? Sometimes a catastrophic event can infuse you with the will to fight back. In Mel Edwards´ Depression Smackdown, you´ll discover what happened when she went to the ER for help - and was committed against her will. Let her story inspire you through your darkest hours! Depression is a global threat - the World Health Organization focused on it for the entire year of 2012 and observes World Mental Health Day every October 10th. Does someone you love suffer from depression? You can´t ´´love depression away´´ or carry this burden for someone else, no matter how much you care. Hope and selfless acts can help some people, but these are often not enough. Let Mel Edwards teach you her five ways to help someone face depression. Don´t wait - depression claims over a million lives worldwide every year! Depression Smackdown also includes many personal and professional resources: Suicide hotlines and prevention resources Support organizations for peers, friends, and families Mel´s Pinterest board of resources for defeating depression and anxiety Resources for mental health assistance, education, and support PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference mate 1. Language: English. Narrator: Pam Rossi. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/048291/bk_acx0_048291_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Just as today’s observers struggle to justify the workings of the free market in the wake of a global economic crisis, an earlier generation of economists revisited their worldviews following the Great Depression. The Great Persuasion is an intellectual history of that project. Angus Burgin traces the evolution of postwar economic thought in order to reconsider many of the most basic assumptions of our market-centered world. Conservatives often point to Friedrich Hayek as the most influential defender of the free market. By examining the work of such organizations as the Mont Pèlerin Society, an international association founded by Hayek in 1947 and later led by Milton Friedman, Burgin reveals that Hayek and his colleagues were deeply conflicted about many of the enduring problems of capitalism. Far from adopting an uncompromising stance against the interventionist state, they developed a social philosophy that admitted significant constraints on the market. Postwar conservative thought was more dynamic and cosmopolitan than has previously been understood. It was only in the 1960s and ’70s that Friedman and his contemporaries developed a more strident defense of the unfettered market. Their arguments provided a rhetorical foundation for the resurgent conservatism of Barry Goldwater and Ronald Reagan and inspired much of the political and economic agenda of the United States in the ensuing decades. Burgin’s brilliant inquiry uncovers both the origins of the contemporary enthusiasm for the free market and the moral quandaries it has left behind. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Derek Shetterly. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/gdan/000889/bk_gdan_000889_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.