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The Story of Silver: How the White Metal Shaped America and the Modern World

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How silver influenced two hundred years of world history, and why it matters today

This is the story of silver’s transformation from soft money during the nineteenth century to hard asset today, and how manipulations of the white metal by American president Franklin D. Roosevelt during the 1930s and by the richest man in the world, Texas oil baron Nelson Bunker Hunt, during the 1970s altered the course of American and world history. FDR pumped up the price of silver to help jump start the U.S. economy during the Great Depression, but this move weakened China, which was then on the silver standard, and facilitated Japan’s rise to power before World War II. Bunker Hunt went on a silver-buying spree during the 1970s to protect himself against inflation and triggered a financial crisis that left him bankrupt.

Silver has been the preferred shelter against government defaults, political instability, and inflation for most people in the world because it is cheaper than gold. The white metal has been the place to hide when conventional investments sour, but it has also seduced sophisticated investors throughout the ages like a siren. This book explains how powerful figures, up to and including Warren Buffett, have come under silver’s thrall, and how its history guides economic and political decisions in the twenty-first century.

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Logics in Artificial Intelligence: 9th European Conference, JELIA 2004, Lisbon, Portugal, September 27-30, 2004
Logics in Artificial Intelligence: 9th European Conference, JELIA 2004, Lisbon, Portugal, September 27-30, 2004
This book constitutes the refereed proceedings of the 9th European Conference on Logics in Artificial Intelligence, JELIA 2004, held in Lisbon, Portugal, in September 2004.

The 52 revised full papers and 15 revised systems presentation papers presented together with the abstracts of 3 invited talks were carefully reviewed and selected from a...

Linux Phrasebook
Linux Phrasebook

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is sure to become the pocket guide that you keep within reach at all times. This concise, handy reference can be used "in the street," just like a language phrasebook. Skipping the usual tutorial on Linux, the ...

Data Warehousing and Knowledge Discovery: 10th International Conference, DaWak 2008 Turin, Italy, September 1-5, 2008, Proceedings
Data Warehousing and Knowledge Discovery: 10th International Conference, DaWak 2008 Turin, Italy, September 1-5, 2008, Proceedings
Data Warehousing and Knowledge Discovery have been widely accepted as key technologies for enterprises and organizations as a means of improving their abilities in data analysis, decision support, and the automatic extraction of knowledge from data. With the exponentially growing amount of information to be included in the decision making process,...

LINQ for VB 2005
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Are you ready for the future of data access in .NET?

At the Microsoft Professional Developers Conference (PDC) 2005, Microsoft previewed a new technology, Language-Integrated Query (LINQ). It captured a lot of attention because it addressed the fundamental issue of merging object-oriented applications with relational data. The LINQ...

Social Semantics: The Search for Meaning on the Web (Semantic Web and Beyond)
Social Semantics: The Search for Meaning on the Web (Semantic Web and Beyond)

Social Semantics: The Search for Meaning on the Web provides a unique introduction to identity and reference theories of the World Wide Web, through the academic lens of philosophy of language and data-driven statistical models. The Semantic Web is a natural evolution of the Web, and this book covers the URL-based Web architecture...

React Router Quick Start Guide: Routing in React applications made easy
React Router Quick Start Guide: Routing in React applications made easy

Learn how you can implement routing in a React Web/Native application using React-Router library

Key Features

  • Create nested routes and complex workflows for your applications
  • Learn Routing in server-side rendered applications and in Native mobile applications
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