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Book Review: When Giants Fall

If you are looking for a thought provoking, well researched book on the state of US economy and the future standing of the United States, then this would be a book for you.  Michael Panzner spins an interesting tale about the future conflicts and economic crashes that our society faces.

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When Giants Fall

I first read this book a few years ago (2009), and thought that with all of the current social and economic unrest going on in the world it might be a good time to revisit “When Giants Fall“.  The book has an overwhelming amount of references and is well thought out by the author.  His basic ideas are as follows:  Here are the geo-political problems as I see them, based on this here is what I believe the future holds, and here is how you can profit and plan accordingly.

The parts and chapters alone give you a good idea about what this book is written.

Part I: Fault Lines of a Fading Empire
Chapter 1: Descent into Disorder
Chapter 2: Tides, Torrents, and Tsunamis
Chapter 3: A Future of Violence
Chapter 4: Money Talks
Chapter 5: Local is the New Global
Chapter 6: Multiplying Divisions

Part II: Opportunities and Threats
Chapter 7: Everybody’s Business
Chapter 8: Small Fortunes
Chapter 9: The Power of One


About the Book

For the Survivalist, “When Giants Fall” is more of a big picture book which might not be for everyone.  This is not a “How to Bug Out” type of book but more of a “We are facing a slow SHTF scenario and here are the facts as I see them.  This is how you can get used to the new reality and maybe profit from it.”

Michael Panzner touches on a lot of subjects that could be entire books by themselves, such as “Just in Time” inventory supply chain problems, falling world currencies, inflation, energy shortages, weak energy infrastructure, global warming, civil unrest, food shortages, global conflict, shifting population demographics, the US dollar as the world’s reserve currency, trade wars, strained natural resources, and much much more.

About the Author

Michael J. Panzner is a 25 year veteran of the global stock, bond and currency markets working for JP Morgan Chase, HSBC, When Giants Fall Book ReviewSoros Funds, Dresdner Bank, and ABN AMRO.  He currently runs the blog Financial Armageddon and authored a previous book by the same title, Financial Armageddon the book.


If you are a strategic thinker who wants a global perspective on the issues we are facing as a society, then this would be a good book for you.  Some of the many references contained in the book were a little much for my liking but I found myself going back and rereading chapters to really think over the information that the author provided.  Overall I thought it was a very sober look at the issues we are facing in the next 10 to 15 years and beyond. I recommend reading it.

Photos by: “When Giants Fall” John Wiley & Sons Publishing

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