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When Giants Fall: An Economic Roadmap for the End of the American Era



When Giants Fall: An Economic Roadmap for the End of the American Era

Michael Panzner

ISBN: 978-0-470-45126-7 February 2009 288 Pages


In When Giants Fall, Panzner makes his case for the turbulent economic changes that will be occurring over the next few years and examines the resulting economic opportunities.

According to Panzner, the economic changes will be widespread. Businesses will struggle amid wars, shortages, logistical disruptions, and a breakdown of the established monetary order. Individuals will be forced to rethink livelihoods, lifestyles, living arrangements, and locales. Political structures will be in flux, as local leaders gain influence at the expense of national authorities. For many people, it will be nothing short of a modern Dark Ages, where each day brings fresh anxieties, unfamiliar risks, and a sense of foreboding.

However, for those enlightened few who understand what is really going on and what happens next, the chaotic years ahead represent the opportunity of a lifetime - a time when they can realize goals they never thought possible and achieve a level of wealth, security, and inner peace that will leave them head-and-shoulders above everyone else. In this book, Panzner offers cutting-edge insights and strategies that will enable readers to stay well ahead of the game during the uniquely unsettling period ahead.

Preface ix

Acknowledgments xiii

Introduction xv

Part I: Fault Lines of a Fading Empire 1

Chapter 1: Descent into Disorder 3

Chapter 2: Tides, Torrents, and Tsunamis 23

Chapter 3: A Future of Violence 43

Chapter 4: Money Talks 63

Chapter 5: Local Is the New Global 83

Chapter 6: Multiplying Divisions 103

Part II: Opportunities and Threats 123

Chapter 7: Everybody’s Business 125

Chapter 8: Small Fortunes 145

Chapter 9: The Power of One 167

Conclusion 181

Bibliography 185

About the Author 253

Index 255