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Last Days Of America

3.24  ·  Rating Details ·  103 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
In a spellbinding novel as real as today's headlines and as riveting as 'The Crash of '79', Paul Erdman takes the reader into the world of high finance, megabusiness and international politics, in which an American businessman, a big American corporation - and finally America itself - get drawn into the vortex of European diplomacy, high-level corruption and dreams of powe ...more
Paperback, 360 pages
Published December 1st 1988 by Berkley (first published January 1st 1981)
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May 10, 2016 Sparkynyc rated it did not like it
This tripe is worth reading for its historical value. I understand that the book was written in the early 1980's when the world seemed very different, but man was this guy smoking the neocon crack! At first I was entertained with the fact that the USSR and West Germany were such key players. This seemed charmingly antiquated, as were all the references to Yugoslavia and other countries that are long gone. Fine! But its the attitude that made me want to scream.

Among my "favorite quotes" was "We
Henri Moreaux
This was a solid political/business thriller, not quite as good as Erdman's The Crash of '79, but nonetheless still a good solid read.

Whilst it was written in 1981 and therefore is now set in the past asides from their being East & West Germany and the Soviet Union the story does transfer well to our current times - in fact there was recently a similar scenario occurring with missile technology being provided to China. So in reality asides for a handful of country changes the story is still
Paul Gaya Ochieng Simeon Juma
International Politics! I recommend ghis book to those who love politics. Here is an eye openner into what happens in high level negotiations. Am talking about politics in blocks like NATO.

NATO is a military block, how they acquire their weapons we don't know. America is a super power, and how they control the world is a mystery to many of us. How does other countries try maintain the balance?

Read this book for answers and many more.
Wow. So ein Maß an falschen Prophezeiungen findet man bei weltlichen Autoren selten.

»(Die Westdeutschen) fanden bald heraus, daß es eigentlich ziemlich langweilig war, reich und pazifistisch zu sein.« Falsch! Aber danke für’s Mitspielen. Friede ist klasse. Wenn man dann noch Autos, Maschinen und sonst noch alles mögliche an die ganze Welt verticken kann, um so besser.
»Franz Josef Strauß hatte die Schlacht um das Kanzleramt 1980 verloren.« Ja genau. Eben weil er nicht pazifistisch genug war.

In de
Stuart Dequincy
Jun 03, 2016 Stuart Dequincy rated it really liked it
If you see my review for the "Crash of 79" by the same author then all you will need to know about "my opinion" of this novel is there. I must say here though that this book was my favourite of the two. I read several reviews which knocked this novel as being too Jingoistic and in some way anti-European. I didn't find it to be either. For me this was an accidental read when I arrived at Feltham Young Offenders, Youth Custody prison. It had been left behind in the cell, bored and a little scared ...more
Roger Bailey
If a classic is a book that stands the test of time then the vast majority of books never come close to becoming classics. Most of them are forgotten within a year or so of publication. However, I would expect that every writer is at least hoping that his or her book will last and leave a legacy into the future. After all, writing a whole book is a lot of work. This book, though seems to be designed for quick obscurity. It was written and published in 1981 and the most of it takes place in 1985 ...more
February Four
Skipped about 250 pages of the middle section to read to the end, because, well, first of all, this book is now 22 years out of date, and secondly, talk about clunky prose. This is only the second Erdman book I've read, and honestly, I'm not sure whether to read any more. I suppose I might come back to him again. Some day. In the meantime, there are other financial thrillers out there!
Paul Pawlik
Mar 13, 2015 Paul Pawlik rated it liked it
Interesting style. A lot of actual history to back up the plot (set 5 years in the future at the time of writing).
Aug 23, 2013 Mikelly19 rated it really liked it
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I read this book on a Greyhound bound for Charlotte, NC. I was finished upon arrival. Fun and entertaining, a good read. Along the lines of Steve Berry.
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Paul Emil Erdman was one of the leading business and financial writers in the United States who became known for writing novels based on monetary trends and historical facts concerning complex matters of international finance.

Erdman was born in Ontario, Canada, to American parents. He graduated from Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service. He received his PhD from the Uni
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