Synopses & Reviews
New York Times
bestselling financial author and economist, Peter Schiff, warns of the inevitable bankruptcy facing America and lays out not only how we got here, but what we can do about it.
In The Real Crash, Peter Schiff details the issues facing our current economy and predicts that if changes are not made, the worse crash is still to come. Schiff argues that the America's excess consumption is to blame, and that the government is exacerbating the situation by creating bailouts and stimulus plans that are merely blowing the bubble back up instead of revamping the broken system. Schiff's prescription is this: we need to consume less and save more while companies invest for the long-term and the government tightens its belt. Perhaps most shockingly, Schiff declares that the only good solution is the one that no politician, debt commission, or TV talking head is proposing: America needs to acknowledge the reality, default and declare bankruptcy and begin reforming our broken system from the ground up.
"As the subtitle suggests, this treatise on looming national disaster disdains understatement and nuance. Schiff, a financial commentator, investment broker, and former candidate for the U.S. senate, extends the message of his 2007 title Crash Proof by painting the starkest of financial pictures: 'We're already bankrupt, it's time we declared it.' Grit teeth and tackle problems now, he says, or suffer hyperinflation and total collapse. His prescriptions for dismantling profligate government sound like Ron Paul (for whom Schiff was an economic advisor): kill the income tax, slowly phase out Social Security and Medicare, end all college tuition subsidies, and eliminate the 'moral hazard' of federal deposit insurance. The shock value of these dramatic proposals, however, reverberates even as the supporting evidence seems largely inadequate. Some observations are unassailable, such as his reminder that college loans have economic costs. Others involve lurid overstatement: 'Thanks to the income tax, you really don't have rights anymore.' Historical amnesia also enters in we must ensure 'sound money' by returning to the gold standard. Schiff concludes with investment suggestions on coping with the assumed future breakdown, working in references to his earlier books. Readers enamored of apocalyptic prophecies will find his views congenial; skeptics may find food for thought if not for panic. Agent: Lynn Sonberg, Sonberg Book Associates." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Peter Schiff sounded the alarm about the housing bubble created by the Federal Reserve and predicted the bubble's inevitable collapse, yet he was ignored by mainstream economists and ridiculed by the media. In The Real Crash he is at it again, illustrating how the financial crisis of 2008 is nothing compared to what is coming down the road. Peter Schiff is right again. I hope more people listen this time." - Ron Paul; Congressman (TX-14) and three time Presidential Candidate
"Peter Schiff's new book "The Real Crash; America's Coming Bankruptcy" is written in the same blunt and punchy style that makes him a favorite guest on my Fox News show. It's not just what he says, but the fact that he lives what he says. Unlike Some authors who talk about business as spectators, Peter doesn't speak from the ivory tower of academia or from the comfort of an anchor chair. He runs a real business and fights every day to make it a success in spite of all the government's tax and regulatory policies."-- Mike Huckabee; Host of The Huckabee Show and former Arkansas Governor and Presidential Candidate
"America's political leaders should have taken Peter's 2007 book, Crash Proof, to heart before they tried to borrow, print and bail us out of trouble. Today, they -- along with all Americans -- absolutely must take heed of The Real Crash. Peter Schiff understands the marketplace, and he understands the consequences that occur when government attempts to manage that marketplace. Pay attention, America!”-- Gary Johnson, Former governor of New Mexico and presidential candidate
“In ‘The Real Crash, the fearless Peter Schiff has written the most compelling argument against central economic planning and debt-financed consumption to come along since our present woes were exacerbated in 2008. His explanations of how unfettered free choices will produce prosperity, and how ending the Federal Reserve, abolishing the IRS, and returning to the gold standard will tame the federal beast are among the most forceful and cogent I have seen. He even explains how anyone can prosper from government stupidity in these perilous times. And he does all this in a breezy and readable format.”-- Judge Andrew P. Napolitano, Senior Judicial Analyst, Fox News
“Peter Schiff is an original thinker, a man of startling insight and honesty, in many ways, a genius. I have learned that you disagree with him at your peril. He is one of the few men of finance of whom I wish I could say I had paid more attention to. Live and learn. Read and learn.”-- Ben Stein; author, actor, political and economic commentator
"Peter Schiff says the Fed's bubble machine is destroying the American economy and he is right. Zero interest rates and QE are crushing savers, rewarding speculators and enabling the Washington politicians to issue endless debt. Every concerned citizen should read this."-- David Stockman; Former OMB director under President Ronald Reagan
“Peter Schiff has been painfully right about the downward spiral of the U.S. economy over the last four years. Easy money, rising tax rates, and unbridled debt are a prescription for economic disaster. Let's hope Barack Obama reads this.”-- Stephen Moore, Economist and Fox News commentator
“While many of us have justifiably focused on how high taxes are economically corrosive, Peter Schiff does a great job of explaining why government spending and debt are even worse. As we continue grappling with the monster of a runaway federal government, this book is one of the best assets conservatives can turn to in making the case for fiscal responsibility and capitalism.” -- Grover Glenn Norquist; President of Americans for Tax Reform
“Peter Schiff was one of the few pundits who predicted correctly the 2008 economic and financial collapse. Now, he makes a compelling case in a highly readable book that the day will come when the world stops trusting the dollar and the ability of the US government to pay its debts. I agree with him that “Then well get the real crash.”-- Marc Faber; Editor, The Gloom Boom & Doom Report
“You need to know his case whether he is right or not if you are going to be prepared for this decade.”-- Jim Rogers; Investor and Bestselling Author of “A Gift to My Children” and “Investment Biker”
About the Author
PETER D. SCHIFF is an American investment broker, author, and financial commentator, and was a candidate in the 2010 Republican primary for the United States Senate seat from Connecticut. He frequently appears as a guest on CNBC and Fox News, and is the host of the radio show and podcast The Peter Schiff Show. He is the author of the New York Times bestselling Crash Proof and Crash Proof 2.0, as well as The Little Book of Bull Moves in Bear Markets, which was also a Business Week bestseller.
Table of Contents
IntroductionPart 1: Where We Are and Where We Are Headed
1. Where We Are and Where We Are Headed
2. How We Got Here: Government is the Problem
3. The Problem 2.0: We've Learned Nothing and Things Are Getting Worse
Part 2: The Solutions
4. Jobs, Jobs, Jobs: Government Can Improve Employment Only by Getting Out of the Way
5. How to Fix the Financial Industry: Deregulate
6. Sound Money: Return to the Gold Standard
7. Tax Reform: For Starters, End the Income Tax
8. Tear Up the "Third Rails": End Social Security and Medicare
9. Fixing Higher Ed: Time to Drop out of College?
10. Health Care: Repealing ObamaCare is Just the Beginning
11. Putting Government in Its Place
12. America Is Bankrupt: Time to Admit It
13. Investing for the Crash
Appendix 1: Letters to Investors
Appendix 2: A Brief History of Money in America