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Straight answers to every question you've ever had about how the economy works and how it affects your life

In this Collector's Edition of their celebrated How an Economy Grows and Why It Crashes, Peter Schiff, economic expert and bestselling author of Crash Proof and The Real Crash, once again teams up with his brother Andrew to spin a lively economic fable that untangles many of the fallacies preventing people from really understanding what drives an economy. The 2010 original has been described as a “Flintstones” take economics that entertainingly explains the beauty of free markets. The new edition has been greatly expanded in both quantity and quality. A new introduction and two new illustrated chapters bring the story up to date, and most importantly, the book makes the jump from black and white to full and vivid color.

With the help of colorful cartoon illustrations, lively humor, and deceptively simple storytelling, the Schiff's bring the complex subjects of inflation, monetary policy, recession, and other important topics in economics down to Earth. The story starts with three guys on an island who barely survive by fishing barehanded. Then one enterprising islander invents a net, catches more fish, and changes the island’s economy fundamentally. Using this story the Schiffs apply their signature take-no-prisoners logic to expose the glaring fallacies and gaping holes permeating the global economic conversation. The Collector’s Edition:

  • Provides straight answers about how economies work, without relying on nonsensical jargon and mind-numbing doublespeak the experts use to cover up their confusion
  • Includes a new introduction that sets the stage for developing a deeper, more practical understanding of inflation and the abuses of the monetary system
  • Adds two new chapters that dissect the Federal Reserve’s Quantitative easing policies and the European Debt Crisis.
  • Colorizes the original book's hundreds of cartoon illustrations. The improved images, executed by artist Brendan Leach from the original book, add new vigor to the presentation
  • Has a larger format that has been designed to fit most coffee tables.

While the story may appear simple on the surface, as told by the Schiff brothers, it will leave you with a deep understanding of How an Economy Grows and Why It Crashes.

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How an Economy Grows and Why It Crashes by Peter D. Schiff, Andrew J. Schiff

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Peter Schiff wrote a book about the economic crashes that have happened throughout history. He talks about how inflation, deficit spending, and central banking can all be driving factors.



Peter Schiff is a stockbroker who is famous for warning people about a potential financial crash before 2008 happened. He has also written a book on the topic called Crash Proof.

There are five clear messages that run throughout the book. They are:

1. Economics is a complex topic and we still don't know everything about it.

2. There are many factors that can drive an economic crash.

3. We need to learn from the past in order to prevent future crashes.

4. Economics is important and we need to do better at teaching it.

5. We need to be careful with our money and make wise decisions.


Increasing productivity is the goal of any economy

Increasing productivity is the goal of any economy

The economy has been growing because it now takes us less time to provide the same resources.

An increase in productivity has allowed food, shelter, smartphones, and supercars to become more readily available to the general population. This is the goal of an economy. For an economy to increase its productivity, then, savings are required to facilitate innovation.


Savings are important for everyone, including economy

Savings are important for everyone, including economy

Peter Schiff provides a clear and enlightening illustration of how the economy grows and why it crashes.

Each type of savings has a different effect on the economy. Money saved for a rainy day does not help the economy grow, but money lent out to those in need can really help an economy grow. Money invested also helps the economy grow.


Demands Grows Because The Economy Grew, Not The Other Way Round

Putting money into people's hand to push demand doesn't work when the market supply hasn't shown any change.

Grow a need for something by making something which would drive up general productivity. Make people want to spend.


With any product/service/commodity, you can choose to save it, consume it, lend it, invest it or any combination of the four.

Each choice is dependent on your appetite for risk & reward


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