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The bestselling author reveals how the U.S. financial sector has hijacked our economy and put America's global future at risk.

In American Theocracy, Kevin Phillips warned us of the perilous interaction of debt, financial recklessness, and the increasing cost of scarce oil. The current housing and mortgage debacle is proof once more of Phillips's prescience, and only the first harbinger of a national crisis. In Bad Money, Phillips describes the consequences of our misguided economic policies, our mounting debt, our collapsing housing market, our threatened oil, and the end of American domination of world markets. America's current challenges (and failures) run striking parallels to the decline of previous leading world economic powers — especially the Dutch and British. Global overreach, worn-out politics, excessive debt, and exhausted energy regimes are all chilling signals that the United States is crumbling as the world superpower.

Bad money refers to a new phenomenon in wayward megafinance — the emergence of a U.S. economy that is globally dependent and dominated by hubris-driven financial services. Also bad are the risk miscalculations and strategic abuses of new multitrillion-dollar products such as asset-backed securities and the lure of buccaneering vehicles like hedge funds. Finally, the U.S. dollar has been turned into bad money as it has weakened and become vulnerable to the world's other currencies. In all these ways, bad finance has failed the American people and pointed U.S. capitalism toward a global crisis. Bad Money is the perfect follow-up to Phillips's last book, whose dire warnings are now proving frighteningly accurate.

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"Bad Money is perfectly timed for the present, as the foul stench of moldering debt and American decline lingers in the concrete canyons of Manhattan..." New York Times

Review:

"An indispensable presentation of the case against things as they are." Time

Review:

"Sobering . . . positively alarming." Los Angeles Times

Synopsis:

The bestselling author of American Theocracy reveals how the U.S. financial sector has hijacked the economy and put America's global future at risk.

Synopsis:

In his acclaimed book American Theocracy, Kevin Phillips warned of the perilous interaction of debt, financial recklessness, and the spiking cost (and growing scarcity) of oil — warnings that are proving to be frighteningly accurate. Now, in his most significant and timely book yet, Phillips takes the full measure of this crisis. They are a part of what he calls "bad money" — not just the depreciated dollar, but also the dangerous attitudes and the flawed products of wayward mega-finance. His devastating conclusion: In its hubris, the financial sector has hijacked the American economy and put our very global future at risk — and it may be too late to stop it.

Synopsis:

In his acclaimed book American Theocracy, Kevin Phillips warned of the perilous interaction of debt, financial recklessness, and the spiking cost (and growing scarcity) of oil- warnings that are proving to be frighteningly accurate. Now, in his most significant and timely book yet, Phillips takes the full measure of this crisis. They are a part of what he calls "bad money"- not just the depreciated dollar, but also the dangerous attitudes and the flawed products of wayward mega-finance. His devastating conclusion: In its hubris, the financial sector has hijacked the American economy and put our very global future at risk-and it may be too late to stop it.

About the Author

Kevin Phillips has been a political and economic commentator for more than three decades. A former White House strategist, he has been a regular contributor to the Los Angeles Times and National Public Radio, and has written for Harper's Magazine and Time. He is the author of ten books, including the New York Times bestsellers American Theocracy and American Dynasty.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780143114802
Author:
Phillips, Kevin
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Subject:
Economic Conditions
Subject:
Public Policy - Economic Policy
Subject:
Government - National
Subject:
United States--Economic conditions--2001-
Subject:
United States - Economic policy - 2001-
Subject:
Politics - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Mass Market
Publication Date:
20090331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
b/w charts and graphs throughout
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
8.44x5.46x.81 in. .63 lbs.
Age Level:
17-17

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Product details 352 pages Penguin Books - English 9780143114802 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Bad Money is perfectly timed for the present, as the foul stench of moldering debt and American decline lingers in the concrete canyons of Manhattan..."
"Review" by , "An indispensable presentation of the case against things as they are."
"Review" by , "Sobering . . . positively alarming."
"Synopsis" by , The bestselling author of American Theocracy reveals how the U.S. financial sector has hijacked the economy and put America's global future at risk.
"Synopsis" by , In his acclaimed book American Theocracy, Kevin Phillips warned of the perilous interaction of debt, financial recklessness, and the spiking cost (and growing scarcity) of oil — warnings that are proving to be frighteningly accurate. Now, in his most significant and timely book yet, Phillips takes the full measure of this crisis. They are a part of what he calls "bad money" — not just the depreciated dollar, but also the dangerous attitudes and the flawed products of wayward mega-finance. His devastating conclusion: In its hubris, the financial sector has hijacked the American economy and put our very global future at risk — and it may be too late to stop it.
"Synopsis" by ,
In his acclaimed book American Theocracy, Kevin Phillips warned of the perilous interaction of debt, financial recklessness, and the spiking cost (and growing scarcity) of oil- warnings that are proving to be frighteningly accurate. Now, in his most significant and timely book yet, Phillips takes the full measure of this crisis. They are a part of what he calls "bad money"- not just the depreciated dollar, but also the dangerous attitudes and the flawed products of wayward mega-finance. His devastating conclusion: In its hubris, the financial sector has hijacked the American economy and put our very global future at risk-and it may be too late to stop it.

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