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Gods of Money: Wall Street and the Death of the American Century [Anglais] [Broché]

F. William Engdahl

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3 mai 2010
The dollar financial system of Wall Street was born not at a conference in Bretton Woods New Hampshire in 1944. It was born in the first days of August, 1945 with the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. After that point the world was in no doubt who was the power to reckon with. This book is no ordinary book about money and finance. Rather it traces the history of money as an instrument of power; it traces the evolution of that power in the hands of a tiny elite that regards themselves as, quite literally, gods-The Gods of Money. How these gods abused their power and how they systematically set out to control the entire world is the subject.

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F. William Engdahl is author and geopolitical risk advisor who has written the international best-selling book on oil and geopolitics, A Century of War: Anglo-American Politics and the New World Order. His book, ‘Full Spectrum Dominance: Totalitarian Democracy in the New World Order, deals with the Pentagon agenda of global hegemony in the post-Cold War era. In his Seeds of Destruction: The Hidden Agenda of Genetic Manipulation he traces the effort to control the global food chain. He may be reached through his website, www.engdahl.oilgeopolitics.net

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 An eye opening examination of who wields the power today. 1 juin 2010
Par J. O. Greeson - Publié sur Amazon.com
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William Engdahl's books should have two Cautions; the first, don't start this book unless you have enough time on your hands to finish the book. When you first start reading "Gods of Money: Wall Street and the Death of the American Century" you are quickly engrossed in the main subject of the book, "The power that Wall Street exerts over Washington and even the whole world."

"Gods of Money" is difficult to put down. Each chapter seems to be more revealing than the next. It begins with a not too distant history that predates the Federal Reserve and traces things up to current times. The book is very enlightening regarding the history of power, the way it evolved and how it continues to influence our lives currently.

Unlike many books (here I don't want to single out any author) that asks open ended questions like "Could the huge drawings at Nazca, Peru that can only be seen from the air be a type of signal for visitors from outer space?" when Engdahl presents events, documents or quotations they are carefully and fully documented at the end of each chapter. If you wish to know more on a particular subject then you simply look up the well documented reference (endnote) at the end of the chapter.

The second Caution would be that if you are not prepared to have an experience similar to what transpires with puppies between week one and week two (their eyes are opened) then you should exercise caution regarding the reading of this book.

Most people think that their lives are like a particle in a Brownian movement, buffeted all around by the vicissitudes of life. When you read this book you will understand that life is not like this at all. There are powerful forces that are truly in control just not overt or blatant.

Think for a moment would you ever have believed that we would take $700 Billion of taxpayer's money and bailout Wall Street? It has been said many times that this is "Privatizing the Profits and Socializing the Debt" and to top it all off none of the money was used to buy "Troubled Assets!" They are still on the books. As William Engdahl says in his forward this is not a book to address these financial events, it is a book about Power. I make this point to emphasize that it took a lot of power to make this happen when so much of the public was against it.

So if you have read this far in this review click on the link above to order the book, I promise you will not be disappointed.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Where to from here? 10 juin 2010
Par D. A. Wolter - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Being 76 years old I have been aware, incrementally, of the sea of greed and corruption our country has been sailing in for most of its history. It is very uncomfortable for me to admit that the crimes committed in the name of Democracy and Freedom are no more than propaganda, bought and paid for with the lives and blood of the citizens not privileged enough to be in the top $250,000/per year income bracket. Our modern elementary education system teaches nothing that protects our kids from the perils and pitfalls of life under the military/industrial/financial/media complex that passes for government in my country.

"Gods of Money", shows that this corrupt system has been around for a long time and its existance cannot be justified by the day dreams of mythologists like Ayn Rand, or snake oil salesmen like Limburger.

I would only hope that this book sheds enough light on our hypocracies that the younger generation can use that light to reveal the path to true government of, by, and for the People of the United States.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Essential to understanding the way the world works today 11 mai 2010
Par K. W. Tighe - Publié sur Amazon.com
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The latest work by writer/analyst F.William Engdahl is essential reading for those who wish to have a greater and more comprehensive understanding of the history and machinations of Wall Street and the promoters of the American Empire. Using his keen research skills and ability to write for the technical as well as the layman audience Mr. Engdahl continues his dissection and explanation of how The Powers That Be control and manipulate the fundamentals of our western society.

Following his previous books: A Century of War, Seeds of Destruction and Full Spectrum Dominance, Gods of Money takes a hard look at the key players and events many of us have only just started to recognize during the past few years of our global fiscal crisis. In this very timely book Mr. Engdahl explains how the elites of finance and government have cleverly played the game of central banks, creation of money, derivatives, and debt to our detriment.

I highly recommend this valuable new book.
Two thumbs up again, Mr.Engdahl!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Awesome exploration and explanation of the failings of Anglo-American global strategy 20 septembre 2010
Par New Dawn Magazine - Publié sur Amazon.com
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William Engdahl's latest book is another awesome exploration and explanation of the boldness and failings of Anglo-American global strategy over most of the past century and a half. Engdahl recalls in his introduction a statement from the 1970's attributed to then-Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, a protégé of the powerful Rockefeller circles, in which he declared, "If you control the oil, you control entire nations; if you control the food, you control the people; if you control the money, you control the entire world."

With Gods of Money, Engdahl completes the trilogy, which with A Century of War: Anglo-American Oil Politics and the New World Order, and Seeds of Destruction: The Hidden Agenda of Genetic Manipulation explores the ways in which the Rockefellers and the people around them would appear to have sought to control oil, food and money in seeking to establish their sense of global order.

For anyone interested in the contemporary world, its politics and its tragedies, Engdahl's books are obligatory reading. He explains the reasons for linking Abraham Lincoln's assassination to British and European banking interests but shows how, as wealth concentrated into the hands of a few American families, notably those of the Morgans and Rockefellers, the United States developed a remarkable strategy that concentrated power through the mastery of global finance, backed by military expedience. Like a growing number of other writers, however, he leaves no doubt that this strategy has run into serious troubles, devastating Americans as much as the intended subjects of American Empire, or of a New American Century.

He highlights early the reality that "power, together with control over the nation's economy, was being ruthlessly centralized in the hands of the wealthy few, every bit as much as it had been in the days of Imperial Rome." In fleshing out this theme Engdahl leaves little doubt that the values of the European Enlightenment, with which America has promoted itself to the world, have simply been a useful disguise for a rapacious plutocracy.

He puts in brutally in these words:

"Some 60 families--names like Rockefeller, Morgan, Dodge, Mellon, Pratt, Harkness, Whitney, Duke, Harriman, Carnegie, Vanderbilt, DuPont, Guggenheim, Astor, Lehman, Warburg, Taft, Huntington, Baruch and Rosenwald-- formed a close network of plutocratic wealth that manipulated, bribed, and bullied its way to control the destiny of the United States."

He continues:

"They operated in absolute secrecy, lest the general public understand how the banks' money manipulated political decisions behind the scenes, including decisions to go to war or to keep the peace."

The shock of these passages rests in the realization that these forces defined the 20th Century and are threatening various disasters for large populations at the beginning of the 21st Century, and yet remain largely unidentified in the mind of the voting electorate. Central to the story are the consequences of the legislation that established the Federal Reserve in 1913, placing it under the control of private bankers able to access the taxes of ordinary citizens

Also central to the story was the use by the United States of the challenge posed to Britain by the rise of Germany to assume the dominant role in global finance and politics. Germany's industrial growth, its educational system and its science were already leaving England far behind. The dominant role of the City of London over the terms of world trade was lost to the United States in the two great wars of the 20th Century.

A central element of the story was the "extraordinary techniques of mass manipulation of opinion" initiated during World War I, which "greatly assisted the transformation of America into a democracy by-outward-appearance, ruled deceptively by a plutocratic elite in its own self interest".

Engdahl draws attention to the fact that "America was to be an empire in much the same way that Great Britain had been an Empire after 1815, with one significant difference. America's economic
imperialism would disguise itself under the rhetorical cover of ` spreading free enterprise,' and supporting `national self-determination' and `democracy.' The term `empire' was to be scrupulously avoided."

He captures the quality of American political strategy in several paragraphs:

"The policy makers from the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) and the internationalists around the Rockefeller group engaged in seemingly paradoxical and contradictory policies. They were simultaneously financing and staffing the CFR War & Peace Studies--intended to be a detailed blueprint for a postwar US global domination, an American Century--while at the same time they were going to extraordinary lengths supporting the Third Reich's war buildup, accruing huge profits from the sales to their `enemy' that soared far beyond anything normal. It appeared that Rockefellers' Standard Oil and allied companies like Dow Chemical and DuPont went to extraordinary lengths to support Hitler's war machine.

"The resolution to the paradox lay in appreciating American geopolitical strategy as formulated by people like Isaiah Bowman of the CFR and Yale University's geopolitical strategist, Nicholas Spykman. They had developed a uniquely American synthesis of Halford Mackinder's British geopolitics -identifying the most vital, `pivotal' nations needed for the support of an American postwar global domination, an American Empire.

"For the influential US elites grouped around the CFR, war was merely an instrument through which to extend their financial power in the postwar world and create an American imperium, one displacing not only the British Empire, but also the German Reich and any other potential European competitor."

As Engdahl's account progresses, it becomes clear that America repeated Britain's mistake in neglecting to develop a leadership role in industry, education and science. This left it vulnerable, of course, not to Germany but to the economies of East Asia, beginning with Japan and concluding with China. Engdahl shows how American strategists focused on financial manipulation and how they neglected any concern with American decline in industrial, educational and scientific competitiveness. This made inevitable and predictable the off-shoring of American industry, something that remains poorly, if at all, understood in America. It is, of course well understood in Japan, China and elsewhere in Asia.

Engdhal recounts how Americans believed propaganda that asserted America's God-given `Manifest Destiny' and `Divine Right" to expand its frontiers and plunder other countries. He notes how for "the Rockefellers, the most prominent proponent of the Manifest Destiny idea in the post-war period, the entire world was considered their `frontier.'" The Cold War was fought by `American democracy' against `Godless Communism' and gave the advance of American interests "a messianic religious cover that was astonishingly effective for decades."

Paired with this propaganda mechanism was the construction of new International Financial Institutions after the Second World War, where the IMF become the global financial `policeman,' under the control of America and, to a lesser degree, Britain. This was used to enforce the payment of "usurious debts through imposition of the most draconian austerity in history." The IMF became an arm of "a de facto Anglo-American neo-colonial monetary and economic dictatorship". `Free trade' and a `level playing field' continued to be "the rallying cry of the strongest, most advanced economies, seeking to open up less developed markets for their goods."

The price was, however, America's industrial base went into terminal decline and the nation's most talented scientific minds were drawn into Wall Street. The consequence of all this is today all too clear to see. Over forty years, the financial sector's share of total profits has grown from 2% to 40%, as industrial output has declined, education has deteriorated, technology has stagnated and indebtedness has exploded.

The system was maintained by Wall Street expenditure of at least $5 billion from 1998 to 2008 "buying the votes of the US Congress through campaign contributions and `lobbying' expenses."
A former US bank regulator, William Black, noted that

"Corporate stock repurchases and grants of stock to officers have exceeded new capital raised by the US capital markets this decade. That means that the capital markets decapitalize the real economy. Too often, they do so in order to enrich corrupt corporate insiders through accounting fraud or backdated stock options....The US real economy suffers from critical shortages of employees with strong mathematical, engineering, and scientific backgrounds. Graduates in these three fields all too frequently choose careers in finance rather than the real economy because the financial sector provides far greater executive compensation.... The financial sector's fixation on accounting earnings leads it to pressure US manufacturing and service firms to export jobs abroad, to deny capital to firms that are unionized, and to encourage firms to use foreign tax havens to evade paying US taxes."

Yet, between 2000 and 2007 American consumption made up one third of growth in global consumption. This highlights the manner in which American abuse of its global power in organizations like the IMF harmed the United States as much as anyone, although in a unique manner. Indeed, by 2009, one estimate put America's annual deficit at more than $5 trillion.

Engdahl concludes with a review of the decline of the Roman Empire, a process that took much longer than now seems likely with American Empire. He remarks pertinently on paid professional career soldiers, on unpopular distant wars, on gaining citizenship in exchange for military service, and on an increasingly degenerate oligarchy.

He recalls that the American Century had been based as had Rome on a system of looting and plunder of foreign lands. It took a different form, of course, in using the supranational technocrats of the IMF to plunder the wealth of countries from Latin America to Africa while simultaneously exploiting the world's reserve currency. Being an unchallenged military superpower, it has enjoyed consumption far beyond what its internal economy could have sustained and has used a "free-floating dollar and virtual money in the form of financial derivatives to maintain a facade of solvency."

-- REG LITTLE was an Australian diplomat for over 25 years. He is the author of A Confucian-Daoist Millennium? This review appeared in New Dawn 121 (Jul-Aug 2010), [...]
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 I wish I had read this book 2 years ago 2 juillet 2010
Par Paul Majchrowicz - Publié sur Amazon.com
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If you enjoy reading books that tell you things that you didn't already
know F. William Engdahl's well researched and thoroughly documented
writings are meant for you.

Gods of Money: Wall Street and the Death of the American Century follows
a sequence of books the author has written relating to the statement in
the 1970s attributed to then Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, a
protégé of the powerful Rockefeller circles. He declared, "If you
control the oil, you control entire nations; if you control the food,
you control the people; if you control the money, you control the entire
world." In his two previous books - A Century Of War: Anglo American Oil
Politics and the New World Order, and Seeds Of Destruction: The Hidden
Agenda of Genetic Manipulation the author undertook to analyze the first
two steps of Kissinger's now famous dictum. This book analyzes the
third, the attempt to control the money of the world.

The author explains how World War I and World War II were brought about
as a result of England's efforts to retain its empire and maintain the
pound sterling as the currency of international trade and as the reserve
currency of the world while pursuing a geopolitical strategy of dividing
Continental Europe and of controlling the seas.

Today the United States supplants England and the emphasis is to control
the airspace but the efforts to maintain the dollar as the reserve
currency while dividing the Eurozone by attacking the Euro is taken
directly from England's play book.

Had I read this book two years ago I could have saved myself a lot of money.
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