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Inflated: How Money and Debt Built the American Dream



Inflated: How Money and Debt Built the American Dream

R. Christopher Whalen, Nouriel Roubini (Introduction)

ISBN: 978-0-470-93371-8 November 2010 352 Pages

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Americans as a whole view themselves as reasonably prudent and sober people when it comes to matters of money, reflecting the puritan roots of the earliest European settlers. Yet as a community, we also seem to believe that we are entitled to a lifestyle that is well-beyond our current income, a tendency that goes back to the earliest days of the United States and particularly to get rich quick experiences ranging from the Gold Rush of the 1840s to the real estate bubble of the early 21st Century.

Inflated examines this apparent conflict and makes the argument that such a world view is so ingrained in us that to expect the United States to live in a "deflated" world is simply unrealistic. It skillfully seeks to tell the story of, money inflation and public debt as enduring (and perhaps endearing) features of American life, rather than something we can one day overcome as our policy makers constantly promise.

  • Features interviews with today's top financial industry leaders and insiders.
  • Offer a glimpse into the future of the Federal Reserve and the role it will play in the coming years
  • Examines what the future may hold for the value of the U.S. dollar and the real incomes of future generations of Americans

The gradual result of the situation we find ourselves in will inevitably lead to inflation, loss of economic opportunity, and a decline in the value of the dollar. This book will show you why, and reveal how we might be able to deal with it.




Chapter 1 Free Banking and Private Money.

The Bank of the United States.

State Debt Defaults.

The Age of Andrew Jackson.

The Panic of 1837.

The Gold Rush.

The Rise of Bank Clearinghouses.

Chapter 2 Lincoln Saves a Nation by Printing Money.

The Lincoln Legacy.

Financing the War.

Salmon Chase and Jay Cooke.

Fisk and Gould Profi t by Infl ation.

The Panic of 1873.

Gold Convertibility Restored.

The Battle Over Silver Money.

A Changing American Dream.

The Silver Compromise.

Chapter 3 Robber Barons and the Gilded Age.

The Age of Speculation.

Republicans Embrace Inflation.

The Panic of 1893.

The Cross of Silver.

The Evangelical Silverites.

The Turning Point: 1896.

Chapter 4 The Rise of the Central Bank.

The Progressive: Theodore Roosevelt.

A Flexible Currency.

The Crisis of 1907.

The National Monetary Commission.

The Passage of the Federal Reserve Act.

Roosevelt, Wilson, and the Politics of Reform.

Chapter 5 War, Boom, and Bust.

The Fed During WWI.

A Return to Republican Normalcy.

The Roaring Twenties.

A New Era of Debt and Investing.

The Rise of Consumer Finance.

America Transformed.

Prelude to the Depression.

Bust: Stocks Fall and Tariffs Rise.

Inflation versus Defl ation.

Ford, Couzens, and the Detroit Banks.

Chapter 6 New Deal to Cold War.

FDR and the Era of Broken Precedent.

The Seizure of Gold and Dollar Devaluation.

Dollar Devaluation Hurt World Trade.

The Rise of the Corporate State.

The Reconstruction Finance Corporation.

Central Planning Arrives in Washington.

FDR Embraces Federal Deposit Insurance.

The Legacy of FDR.

The Fed and the RFC.

Corporativist Reform at the Fed.

America Goes to War.

Wartime Inflation and Debt Finance.

Bretton Woods and Global Infl ation.

Chapter 7 Debt and Infl ation: A Rising Tide Lifts All Boats.

Federal Revenues Grow.

The Fed Regains Independence.

The Post-War Economy Soars.

The Legacy of War.

Cold War, Free Trade.

The Dollar's Golden Age.

Global Imbalances Return.

Richard Nixon's Betrayal.

The End of the Dollar Peg.

The Return of Sovereign Borrowing.

Chapter 8 Leveraging the American Dream.

The New Uncertainty.

Humphrey-Hawkins and Full Employment.

Balanced Budgets and Inflation.

Volcker's Shock Treatment.

The Crisis Managers.

The Latin Debt Crisis.

Reagan Reappoints Volcker.

The Neverending Crisis.

Volcker Exits, Volatility Returns.

From Excess to Delusion.

The Greenspan Legacy.

Chapter 9 A New Monetary Order.

The Growth Challenge.

Jobs versus Infl ation.

Changing Places.

Triffin's Dilemma and the Dollar.


Selected References.

About the Author.