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God Bless You, Joe Stalin:
The Man Who Saved Capitalism
  • Lewis E. Kaplan
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God Bless You, Joe Stalin:. The Man Who Saved Capitalism
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Is the dollar losing its luster as the world's reserve currency, and is deficit spending really a crime? Author Lew Kaplan doesn't think so. What's more, Kaplan points to the urgent need to outperform Communist Russia as the stimulus that drove the United States to develop so aggressively and successfully in the 20th century.

The author  traces 20th century history and argues that US prosperity is inexorably linked to the US deficit and that any movement toward reducing the deficit will negatively impact the domestic and global economy; and (2) credits Stalin's missteps and the onset of the Cold War for the economic impetus that made the US economy such an outstanding powerhouse.

About the Author

Lewis E. Kaplan’s 40 years of publishing and business experience have provided him with first-hand knowledge of the impact of currency exchange fluctuations on the domestic market, and the role of the U.S. dollar in the global economy. His first book was God Bless You, Joe Stalin: — The Man Who Saved Capitalism (Algora 2006).This is followed by The Making of the American Dream - An Unconventional History, a work in two volumes. A lifelong student of history, he attended Cornell University and completed his studies at the University of Aix-en-Provence. During World War II, he served in the Army Air Force in the Pacific. Kaplan was founder of RetailWeek, an award-winning business publication, vice-president of marketing for GENESCO Europa, and president of PLADS, a division of Kellwood Company. He served as a consultant to Fortune 500 corporations.

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Stalin has been accused of many things; add to the list his role as the father of modern-day economics.

The dramatic narrative traces the evolution of the concept of the Almighty Dollar against the backdrop of the development...

Stalin has been accused of many things; add to the list his role as the father of modern-day economics.

The dramatic narrative traces the evolution of the concept of the Almighty Dollar against the backdrop of the development and denouement of the Cold War, demonstrating how individual decisions made by US and Soviet leaders affected the course of events.

This enlightening and controversial book sets forth the thesis that the growing prosperity of the U.S. during the past 60 years is directly linked to deficit spending, and that the synergy of these two phenomena will continue for the foreseeable future.

An analysis of the Historical Tables of the United States Government, showing the tandem growth of U.S. deficits and the GDP, is interwoven into the historical recounting. In July 2008, "John Lipsky, first deputy manager of the [IMF] said the fund did not think there was a serious risk of the dollar losing its reserve currency role. 'Notwithstanding the dramatic claims by some, there is no doubt that the dollar will retain the central role,' he said." (Financial Times, July 23, 2008, page 1).

The epilogue concludes that the U.S. economy is on a treadmill of deficit spending, and that if deficit spending is substantially reduced, a global recession will ensue.

Furthermore, The Almighty Dollar is not in danger of collapse because if the nations of the world don’t sustain the integrity of the U.S. dollar as the currency of exchange, their own economies will collapse.


Table of Contents
Introduction Chapter 1. Evolution of the Almighty Dollar Chapter 2. The Amazing American Economy Chapter 3. Beyond Good and Evil: A Different Portrait of Joe Stalin

Introduction
Chapter 1. Evolution of the Almighty Dollar
Chapter 2. The Amazing American Economy
Chapter 3. Beyond Good and Evil: A Different Portrait of Joe Stalin
Chapter 4. The Contradictions of State Socialism
Chapter 5. The Cold War Begins: The Truman Presidency
Chapter 6. The Cold War in Neutral: The Eisenhower Presidency
Chapter 7. Expanding the Cold War: The Kennedy Presidency
Chapter 8. The Great Society: The Johnson Presidency
Chapter 9. The Renegade Republican: The Nixon Presidency
Chapter 10. Frustration: The Presidencies of Ford and Carter
Chapter 11. America on the Attack: The Reagan Presidency
Chapter 12. The End of the Cold War: The George H. W. Bush Presidency

Appendix: Tables


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"John Lipsky, first deputy manager of the [IMF] said the fund did not think there was a serious risk of the dollar losing its reserver currency role. 'Notwithstanding the dramatic claims by some, there is no doubt that the dollar will retain the central role,' he said." -- Financial Times, July 23, 2008, page 1.

"John Lipsky, first deputy manager of the [IMF] said the fund did not think there was a serious risk of the dollar losing its reserver currency role. 'Notwithstanding the dramatic claims by some, there is no doubt that the dollar will retain the central role,' he said." -- Financial Times, July 23, 2008, page 1.

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Pages 324
Year: 2006
LC Classification: D843.K336
Dewey code: 940.55--dc22
BISAC: HIS037070
BISAC: BUS023000
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