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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (286 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Mauldin, Jonathan Tepper Narrator: Sean Pratt, Lloyd James Publisher: Gildan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2011 ISBN: 9781596598454
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Hundreds of books have been written about the financial crisis that engulfed the world after Lehman Brothers went bankrupt. But what if the bigger financial crisis is ahead of us, not behind us?

As John Mauldin and Jonathan Tepper deftly illustrate in this controversial audio book, the crisis was more than a half-century in the making. The Great Financial Crisis, however, was merely Act I. Act II has now begun.

The massive household deleveraging and historic shift of private debt onto government balance sheets now underway all over the world represents the end of a sixty-year global Debt Supercycle. We have now entered the Endgame, a time when bankruptcies and defaults (disguised as "restructuring") will not be of households and companies but of governments. The stakes are now higher. The coming crises will offer policymakers few good choices and many bad ones. It will require extraordinary clarity and courage from leaders, courage that so far is largely completely lacking.

Yet, despite the authors' dark forecast, the message in Endgame is not all gloom and doom. The book lays out positive steps governments can take to weather the worst of the stormy days ahead, minimize the inevitable pain and discomfort most of us can expect to experience, and chart a bold new course to sustained economic growth and prosperity.

It also offers investors an abundance of useful analysis and expert advice on how to protect their assets during the worst of it and prosper from the many new opportunities that will emerge globally as they present themselves.

In Part 2, the authors take listeners on a country-by-country tour-including the United States, UK, European countries, and Japan-clearly explaining the problems each country faces, as well as the good and bad policy options open to each, and the investment pitfalls and opportunities likely to be found in each national economy.

Whether you call it the Great Recession, the Great Financial Crisis, or the Global Debt Crisis, what we are experiencing is unlike anything seen in eighty years. Now is not the time to succumb to panic and superstition. It is a time for courage and intelligent decision making informed by the brand of rational analysis and wisdom you'll find in Endgame.
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Quotes & Awards

  • “No one has thought more creatively about the economy. Mauldin’s weekly newsletter is a must-read and his book is even more important if you want to understand a rapidly changing world.”

    Newt Gingrich, former Speaker of the House of Representatives

  • “This is an extremely powerful, sobering, well written and highly accessible book. It will demonstrate to you why there are no painless solutions to the mounting debt problems around the world—something that too many people are yet to realize. It will take you on a well-documented journey through the debt super cycle, making stops around the world and at critical junctures. And it is a must-read for anyone wishing to understand the global debt dynamics and ways to protect against its bad consequences.”

    Mohamed A. El-Erian, CEO, PIMCO; author of When Markets Collide

  • “I read everything John Mauldin writes. He travels the world and shares his financial stories like a good friend sharing a drink. Mauldin is that rarity—a skeptical optimist—who calls ’em straight and rewards his clients and fans.”

    Rich Karlgaard, publisher and columnist, Forbes magazine

  • “Successful investors explore all possibilities. You should read this book so you can succeed in case the Endgame is our future.”

    Jim Rogers, author of A Gift to My Children

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joel | 2/18/2014

    " Mauldin is a master of making the complex palatable. In Endgame, he often shares conversations between himself and his many (mostly adopted) children about the mind-numbing macro events in the world today, because if he can make them understand, readers should get the gist. Considering the subject matter, Mauldin succeeds more than most in making global fiscal and monetary trends comprehensible. His take is pessimistic, but the arguments are well-researched, quantitatively supported, and often undeniable. Unlike some doomsayers, Mauldin and the co-author show optimism by offering solutions to seemingly unsolvable problems, but the medicine will be bitter. Most adults would benefit from the economic understanding Endgame provides, although a novice to economic study might occasionally find the text dense. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate | 2/12/2014

    " Excellent analysis. Can be dry but it IS accessible and clear. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 William | 2/12/2014

    " Mauldin and Tepper have written a truly important book on the economc situation facing the USA and most of the world. While filled with data, curves and forecsts, this book is readable and important for all concerned citizens. We, the US and the World, are on the brink of a major disaster, a disaster that can be controlled, if not prevented, by proper and careful political actions. The path the USA is on at present gives little hope for mitigation--let's pray for a new cadre of politicians who understand what is needed and implementthose actions. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael Sweeney | 1/28/2014

    " A must read for better understanding on why the financial whoas in Greece are a big freaking deal here in the us. Definitely an eye opener on how world economies work. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carolyn | 1/4/2014

    " A chilling look at our more-than-likely future as the government faces the impossible task of straightening out the economy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eric Molicki | 12/26/2013

    " Maudlin's letters are gold and this was a great way for new readers to get a big picture take on his macroeconomic thinking. Scary stuff, but abundant evidence makes an impression. Interesting that he comes down on the non-hyperinflation side for the US. Hope so... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bjorn Hardarson | 11/12/2013

    " good book about depths and recession all over the world. Terrible but interesting chapter on Iceland "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim Bowers | 11/7/2013

    " A very detailed account of the world's economic and growing debt crisis. Very technical. It would help to have studied economic theory in advance. Many statistics, charts and graphs. If you can get through it, a very enlighten view of our problems and how to fix them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Craig | 10/23/2013

    " Cuts through the noise in the media to show what is going to happen after 60 years of taking on more debt than can ever be paid back. Excellent strategies for protecting your assets when the inevitable crash happens - in the near future. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kurt Gielen | 10/21/2013

    " Too heavy and in depth for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bryan | 10/11/2013

    " Good, sobering book on the possible resolutions of the Euro debt crisis and fallout from the US' own 2008 debt crisis. Should be part of the conversation for policy makers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anna | 9/20/2013

    " Simple logical read about our current financial crisis "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Denise | 3/19/2013

    " Members of congress should be forced to read this book! Then be tested on what they have learned about spending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brandon Snow | 8/10/2012

    " Everyone should read this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bryan | 8/13/2011

    " Good, sobering book on the possible resolutions of the Euro debt crisis and fallout from the US' own 2008 debt crisis. Should be part of the conversation for policy makers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eric | 7/29/2011

    " Maudlin's letters are gold and this was a great way for new readers to get a big picture take on his macroeconomic thinking. Scary stuff, but abundant evidence makes an impression. Interesting that he comes down on the non-hyperinflation side for the US. Hope so... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bjorn | 7/24/2011

    " good book about depths and recession all over the world. Terrible but interesting chapter on Iceland "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brian | 4/8/2011

    " Excellent. A bit dry in places but too important not to read. "

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About the Author

John Mauldin is a renowned financial expert and a New York Times bestselling author. A recognized investment expert, particularly on the subject of hedge funds, he is the author of several books, including Bull’s Eye Investing, Just One Thing, and Endgame. He is the president of Millennium Wave Advisors, an investment advisory firm registered with multiple states. A respected observer of the economy and investment opportunities, Mauldin is the father of seven children and lives in Dallas, Texas.

About the Narrators

Sean Pratt, a working actor for over twenty-five years, has performed at numerous regional theaters around the country. He is the author of To Be or Wanna Be, and he has recorded over seven hundred books in just about every genre, earning eight AudioFile Earphones Awards and four Audie Award nominations.

Lloyd James (a.k.a. Sean Pratt) has been narrating since 1996 and has recorded over six hundred audiobooks. He is a seven-time winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award and has twice been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award. His critically acclaimed performances include Elvis in the Morning by William F. Buckley Jr. and Searching for Bobby Fischer by Fred Waitzkin, among others.