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As with every book one must be aware of the authors intentions and directions; however, Brown does for the vast majority of the book (approximately 98%) check her personal biases, occassionally you hear some feminist tones and frankly she should stick to history, finance, economics and policy (where she is admitately phenomelally gifted) and keep her nose out of Theology (however I can only think of a few paragraphs in the entire book where I (as a student of theology and history) went cross eyed (namely her glazing over of female ancient dieties) AGAIN VERY MINOR. This book is an absolute must read, I have personally vetted her sources, and am fully comfortable in citing them. The choice is yours, this is the little red pill...you can either wake up tmrw and believe whatever you want to, or follow us back in and find out just how far the rabbit hole goes. 

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Just finished. Thank you Ellen Brown! I have spent the last five months reading this book on and off, along with others. It is not an easy subject for me to immerse myself into so I thought it more manageable this way. I have to give it five stars for being so thorough- the amount of historical detail in describing how banking cartels and our current monetary system came to be is really amazing. Really good research.
What I thought could be improved is the solution to our current monetary problems. As the solution always expect a dollar-based money system with a 'nationalized' Fed, I felt the book could have pushed itself out of the boundaries a little bit more. For example: do we even need a monetary system at all in a world where technology could potentially ensure a future of plenty without conceptually primitive methods of exchange such as money or even barter, or even gift economies. Such is the stance by the Zeitgeist movement and the Venus Project. I did like the mentioning of LETS accounting- and I am sure this is probably the first step towards this direction.
If you are one of those truth seekers out there, and want to not just how our current model works, but also how it shapes us anthropologically- this is the book for you!
My next venture: 'Debt: the First 5000 Years'.
 

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Greetings from Italy, and the entire community close and still loyal to Prof. Giacinto Auriti. Thank you for mentioning him, the Wall Street Journal article, and the Guardiagreleís monetary experiment in your book!

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This is a great book in the sense that it offers a criticism of the modern money system from a viewpoint different from the common rants of the Austrian School of Economics proponents like Ron Paul. Not that I donít like Ron Paul and the Austrian School, but this book gives another view with different solutions. You never know if an idea is good and will work in practice unless it is actually tried. So, Iím unwilling to take sides saying Ellen Browns solutions are any more or less valid than the solutions offered by people like Ron Paul. But they are certainly valid enough to warrant experimentation. Economics is more of a religion than a science. If we had free experimentation with the economy instead of dogma we could find out what really works.  

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