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The Mystery of Banking (LvMI) (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Murray N. Rothbard
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Talk about great timing! Rothbard's extraordinary book unravels the mystery of banking: what is legitimate enterprise and what is a government-backed shell game that can't last? His explanation is clear enough for anyone to follow and yet precise and rigorous enough to be the best textbook for college classes on the topic. This is because its expository clarity — in its history and theory — is essentially unrivaled.

Most notably, he uses the T-account method of explaining the relationship between deposits and loans, showing the inherent instability of fractional-reserve banking and how it sets the stage for centralization, inflation, and the boom-bust cycle.

But there is more here. It is an explanation of money's origins and its meaning in the free market. The abstract theory is here but always with real application in history and in modern banking practice. Never does a paragraph go by without an example drawn from his massive knowledge of the subject.

Even further, he explains the integration between microeconomics and the business cycle. As Douglas French writes in the introduction, "Although first published 25 years ago, Murray Rothbard's The Mystery of Banking continues to be the only book that clearly and concisely explains the modern fractional reserve banking system, its origins, and its devastating effects on the lives of every man, woman, and child. It is especially appropriate in a year that will see: a surge in bank failures, central banks around the globe bailing out failed commercial and investment banks, double-digit inflation rates in many parts of the world and hyperinflation completely destroying Zimbabwe s economy, that a new edition of Rothbard's classic work be republished and made available through the efforts of Lew Rockwell and the staff at the Ludwig von Mises Institute. Priced affordably for students and laymen interested in the vagaries of banking and how inflation and business cycles are created."

Further, Joseph Salerno explains in the foreword, "The Mystery of Banking is perhaps the least appreciated work among Murray Rothbard's prodigious body of output. This is a shame because it is a model of how to apply sound economic theory, dispassionately and objectively, to the origins and development of real-world institutions and to assess their consequences. It is institutional economics at its best. In this book, the institution under scrutiny is central banking as historically embodied in the Federal Reserve System — the Fed for short — the central bank of the United States.

"Rothbard s presentation of the basic principles of money-and-banking theory in the first eleven chapters of the book guides the reader in unraveling the mystery of how the central bank operates to create money through the fractional-reserve banking system and how this leads to inflation of the money supply and a rise in overall prices in the economy. But he does not stop there. In the subsequent five chapters he resolves the historical mystery of how an inherently inflationary institution like central banking, which is destructive of the value of money and, in the extreme case of hyperinflation, of money itself, came into being and was accepted as essential to the operation of the market economy."

Incredibly, both authors correctly anticipate the current crisis — and Rothbard explains it all and shows the way out. This is certainly the book for today, more essential than ever before.


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5.0 von 5 Sternen Perfect reading 5. Oktober 2013
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I can recommend it to anyone who has an interest for Austrian economics and alternatives of the current Federal Reserve system in the U.S. And other countries.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen The Mystery of Banking Revealed 29. Dezember 2002
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I just finished reading this book and found that it filled in many inconsistencies that I have noted in my mainstream economic study. The author explains clearly and concisely the origins of and money and its importance to any economic system. He proceeds to describe the evolution of banking to its current inflationary state. He clearly shows that this inflationary states results from a combination of fractional reserve banking, the government's grant of monopoly powers through a cental bank (the U.S. Federal Reserve in the case of the U.S.), and the central banks open market operations to manipulate bank reserves (e.g., monetizing debt). Finally, Rothbard makes it clear that the banking industry's inflationary policies are beneficial to the banking industry itself and leave the reader no doubt that this industry has a vested interest in the status-quo.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Interesting and Revealing 12. August 2001
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I found this book to be the most interesting and revealing book I have ever read about the banking system and the Federal Reserve. Rothbard has a very different perspective than most conventional economists, but his explanations are very clear and compelling. He explains how fractional reserve banking makes banks inherently prone to bankruptcy, how the Federal Reserve and other central banks create inflation, and how money has evolved and been debased. Gene Epstein, the Barron's columnist, recently recommended The Mystery of Banking as the best book to read for anyone interested in understanding how our banking system works.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Clear and Concise 12. April 2006
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Murray Rothbard writes clearly and yet with a technician's precise knowledge of the operation of money and banking. This book should be read by any who truly desire to understand these important aspects of the ecoonomy. And, oh, by the way, you don't really have to fork over $98 bucks for this important book. Resourceful readers can locate it for free online. Who says there's no such thing as a free lunch?
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Good, with a flaw 13. Oktober 2008
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The first 100 pages of this book read like a review of standard Austrian theory on things like price theory when it comes to money. I've read better explanations from Ludwig von Mises. However, beginning with the chapter on Loan Banking, Rothbard's work comes into its own, demystifying modern banking. If you ever wondered why there is a business cycle or how bank runs work, this is the book for you. Unlike most modern writers, his book builds upon itself - it is all one long argument with each chapter depending on the one before to establish its arguments. Skimming is not recommended.

The serious flaw deals with free banking, his ideal model. In the main text, he provides Scotland in the early 1800s as his only real-world example. Then, in an appendix, he admits that he was duped by poor research and that the Scottish system was not free after all. Fine and good, but he does not then provide a better example to prove his hypothesis. One is left to assume that free banking has either never been tried (quite likely) or never worked in the way his theories suggest.

This book is especially timely with the recent financial issues facing the US.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Free PDF 14. Januar 2010
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You can read this book as a pdf at [...] Just Google: Mystery of Banking. Very informative and enlightening book.
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