Gods of Money

Gods of Money : Wall Street & the Death of the American Century

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Gods of Money is a book about power and an extraordinarily wealthy elite that has wielded unprecedented power, not for the good, but rather for the enhancement of their own private position.

The book tracks the evolution of the power amassed by a tiny group of men who have regarded themselves, quite literally, as gods"€"the Gods of Money.

Their agenda has included assassinations of two of America's most popular presidents; involvement of the United States against the public will in two world wars; and detonation of the world's most destructive weapon, the atomic bomb, on Japanese civilians. It has included scores of regional wars, political assassinations, coups, and systematic corruption of the body politic. The book reveals in an unusual and surprising manner how this powerful elite has systematically set out to literally control the entire world, backed by the most powerful military force the world has ever seen.
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  • Paperback | 390 pages
  • 155 x 230 x 25.4mm | 468g
  • Palm Desert, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • black & white halftones, figures
  • 1615778055
  • 9781615778058
  • 153,101

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Topics: US history and economics, Geopolitics, American Money Oligarchy, Wall Street, J.P. Morgan and the London faction, the takeover of the US government by the Money Trust -- the Gods of Money, the Jekyll Island conspiracy, the Federal Reserve, finance and propaganda for the Great War, engineered stock market bubbles and panics, the gold standard, Depression, New Deal and the Rockefellers, Baruch and Churchill, the CFR, cartels, rearming Germany against Russia, the American Century, the A-bomb, the Cold War, Bretton Woods, the national security state, JFK, Nixon, Reagan, monetarism, the Trilateral Commission, IMF. The Greenspan Revolution in Finance, securitization, derivatives, deregulation, sub-prime mortgage crisis, "too big to fail," ratings agencies, Black-Scholes model, predatory loans and mortgage fraud. Obama outdoes Bush with bailout of parasitic financial sector. Oligarchy and militarism, parallels with the fall of the Roman Empire.
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"Gods of Money" traces the pernicious quest of international bankers to dominate the United States of America and, in turn, contextualizes how they came to exert so much control over countries the world-over in this era of `free markets'. Its author, F. William Engdahl, explores the power relations that have deepened between key insiders from Wall Street's banks, US industrial corporations and the United States government since the 'American Civil War'. It is a history of an American oligarchy, its secret alliances, and the economic and military warfare, covert acts of terror and propaganda they have manufactured to augment their extreme wealth and outsized power. Through his well-weaved narrative, Engdahl shows how an imperial worldview binds the logic of the American plutocracy to their British counterparts, who play a subordinate role. He argues that the British plutocracy conspired to make war against Germany, in what became World War I, because Germany's industrial strength threatened the waning British Empire. Their American peers saw the opportunity for world domination by financing and supplying the 'Allied Powers'. "Gods of Money" draws on excellent scholarly work to disclose that the Wall Street banking cartel also deliberately financed the Nazis. Furthermore, Engdahl argues that some of America's leading industrial corporations supplied the fascist regime with patents, technologies and materials in order to ultimately gain from the destruction of the Third Reich's war machine. The book's subtitle, "Wall Street and the Death of the American Century", suggests that the oligarchs behind the name 'Wall Street' have over-reached in their imperial quest to expand the American Empire's 'free markets'. Engdahl draws on discourses of key insiders from the North Atlantic capitalist class to reveal how they pursued a strategy in the early 1970s to once again transform the world, in response to external crises that emerged in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Under the rubric of their media-propagandized `free market' ideology, he argues that the Anglo-American oligarchy and loyal elites liberalized financial systems around the world through coercive means, first by 'de-pegging' the world's 'reserve currency' - the US dollar - from a stable `gold standard' value. According to Engdahl, the Washington-Wall Street-City of London plutocracy engineered the oil shocks of the 1970s, and amid the resultant high inflation and economic sabotage, the Wall Street-owned Federal Reserve spiked up interest rates in 1979 in order to further weaken countries indebted to the international bankers. The resulting world debt crisis strengthened Wall Street's position to impose its policies around the globe. "Gods of Money" shows that today's Washington-Wall Street-City of London plutocracy continues to prey upon the world through a global banking cartel (that has evidently been more than a century in the making). It is, therefore, truly ironic to consider that in today's 'free market' era, the world's most callous centralized planners hark not from communist or fascist regimes of the 20th Century, but rather from the capitalist plutocracies of Britain and America. Indeed, the author convincingly traces the familial, fraternal and institutional linkages between the current Anglo-American plutocracy and their forebears, who planned two global wars (among other horrors). Small wonder then, that it remains a vital propagandist project to key insiders that Wall Street's secret history remains that way.show more
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