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4.26 of 5 stars 4.26  ·  rating details  ·  2,188 ratings  ·  294 reviews
The quintessential treatise on economics. Cussed and discussed by all from notable politicians to academicians to laypersons. Do you want to know the truth about money? Creature from Jekyll Island will give you the answers to these, and other, questions: Where does money come from? Where does it go? Who makes it? The money magicians' secrets are unveiled. We get a close lo ...more
Paperback, 608 pages
Published January 1st 2002 by American Media (CA) (first published 1994)
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Stephanie Salaam
Jun 09, 2011 Stephanie Salaam rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone
This book is amazing I bought it about 2 years ago before the finacial meltdown, I have never been comfortable with the way our finacial institution is ran. I believe a lot of the individuals that are making the laws are more corrupted than those on the streets. Anyhow this book really goes into the history of the United States finacial institution it goes step by step of what really goes on in Wall Street, it goes into the banking families,which to this day are still getting bailouts, while the ...more
Mike Winner
Aug 06, 2007 Mike Winner rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone seeking the truth
This is one of the most important books of the 21st century...I say 21st because it is very "now" in it's significance and will predict the downfall of our current economic system...both here at home and worldwide...

If you have ever wondered what the Fed actually is or why these guys have the power to manipulate rates to maintain "stability" in our modern economic arena, you need to read this. The most eye opening, fact-driven read I have encountered in a long time, Griffin's expose on the Fed n
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Eustacia Tan
I actually wanted to like this book. It billed itself as reading "like a detective story - which it really is. But it's all true". I honestly wanted to find something good and interesting, especially since I'm an economics student.

But I think it's because I'm an economics student that I can't like this book. After reading the first few chapters, it's obvious the book is a thinly disguised critique of Keynesian economics. Their whole definition of inflation was the Monetarist definition: of an e
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Shelley
Jan 06, 2009 Shelley rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Dan Mortensen, Patty Adams
Recommended to Shelley by: Donna Thomas
This book was given to me by a respected friend who read it several years ago and went out of her way to find me a copy because of its relevance to what is happening in the financial realm now (bailouts, massive debt, etc.). After reading it, I have conflicting opinions. Although I am generally very averse to conspiracy theories on any level, I found the premise and information fascinating. I still have a healthy skepticism because it is all too possible to distort and manipulate facts to fit an ...more
Chris
Every single civilization with a 'fiat' money system has ultimately collapsed, claims Griffin. Well guess what? Every civilization created by people with two arms and two legs has also collapsed - eventually. The author is just too bug-eyed and ranty for my liking. Half way through, I felt like I was trapped in a corner with a Pub Bore. It's thought-provoking, yes. But with regards to the current crisis, issues such as the extreme monetary contraction caused by the Great Panic of 2009, or how an ...more
Joel M
I was working at a sub-prime mortgage company, and received a call one day from an obviously older gentleman who informed me that he needed funding for a perpetual motion engine. He swore a few times after I explained to him that as much as I would like to be his partner, I didn't have much money myself and could only fund home purchases. Then he told me to read this book and get a real education. I googled it, and read a few chapters that completely hooked me.

A few days later, I had read the b
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Justin
An excellent and surprisingly readable book that demystifies the workings of the Federal Reserve aimed at those without a background in finance. Griffin describes the process of how the Federal Reserve, a private institution designed and beholden to elite financiers, creates money out of nothing. This money is then used for debt fueled government spending and for banks to borrow, invest, and loan for profit. He explains how it has been possible for the US government to recently fund trillion dol ...more
Andrew
I like the readability of this book, considering it could have been a dreary and dull book. That being said, I did not like the fact that the author portrayed the creation of the Federal Reserve as a conspiracy theory that will one day ruin the world. The author was being a bit intellectually dishonest by adding his sentiments to historical facts--one could argue that this book should not really belong in the history section of a bookstore. Throughout the book the author gave the impression that ...more
Helga Mohammed el-Salami
Do you ever wonder how the financial system really works? What money is? Where it comes from? You’ll find answers here. Just be careful to distinguish between historical fact and the author’s opinions, the lines between which he intentionally blurs.

I was fascinated enough to trudge through all 608 intense pages and have learned a lot. Griffin is not a great author but he is a good one and certainly capable enough to spice up the relatively dull subjects of wars, economic cycles and inflation wi
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lamarcus brown
Apr 16, 2007 lamarcus brown rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: All Americans
Please, please, please read this book. It tells you exactly what you need to know about America and how it came to where it is now. It explains it all in great detail and with all kinds of detailed evidence, references, historical facts, and statistics. This is one of two books (the other is totally unrelated) I would force anyone I love to read; so they may know the truth.
Joy Schwabach
This book is about the Federal Reserve's unlimited ability to print money and its consequences in war and peace. The author maintains that many of our wars would never have occurred if the American people had been asked to pay for them through taxes. He also maintains that many of our recessions and depressions would have been nonexistent. Printing money is like drinking alcohol --feels good for a time and then comes the inevitable hangover.

Another premise of the book is that the Fed was created
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Jerry
The story of how The Federal Reserve was founded out of a conspiracy of international bankers and modeled after the Bank of England. It is a banking cartel which allowed the New York banks to control the monetary system and limit competition. J.P. Morgan from England and John D. Rockefeller controlled the New York banks. A large stake in the New York banks was held by the Rothschilds of England and the Warburgs of Germany.

A secret meeting in 1910 on Jekyll Island, Georgia, developed the plan for
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Seth
Dec 28, 2013 Seth rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Seth by: Nelson Nash
The combination of central banking and fractional reserve lending (whereby banks lend up to 10 times as much money as they actually have in real capital assets) has been one of the most destructive forces in western civilization. Although declared legal and sanctioned by modern governments, it is inherently fraudulent, and it is the means by which banks and government collude to create virtually unlimited piles of money to fund their projects (wars, economic development, profitable loans, etc) w ...more
Bernie
G. Edward Griffin does a good job of thoroughly covering a complex subject—the founding, history and role of the Federal Reserve. Each chapter ends with a summary which helps the reader to digest the sometimes complex explanations and which, if one wanted, to skim the book. The Federal Reserve, in The Creature from Jekyll Island emerges as a story of the human lust for control, consummated among a powerful elite, that expresses itself in the impulse toward collectivism.

Griffin’s central thesis
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Amber
As a history buff I enjoyed the historical context in which this book was written. Made it an easy read. In order to know where we are going, we have to know where we came from. That is why I love history and why we continually run in circles because very little attention is paid to the past in order to make way for the future. This book gives the inevitable consequences of not paying attention to history from the perspective of fiat money and central banking. I did not realize the issues the co ...more
Onefinemess
While the author probably stays up late at night worrying about socialists knocking down his door and raping his daughters, he provides a wealth of valuable information about how the money system actually works. Fucking shocking. I mean, not shocking that people are doing what they are doing, but the fact that it actually “works” is pretty upsetting. Inflation is a tax. Just keep that in mind. Very worth reading if you want to be come even further disillusioned with big business and banking. Cra ...more
Amberle Heath
There are NOT enough stars for this book. Griffin is a genius. This is a 600ish page book, written like a mystery novel (not even kidding), and I finished it in two weeks. It's a MUST READ for everyone. If you weren't a conspiracy theorist (or labeled as such. Those that know the truth tend to receive that label now days) before, you WILL be after you finish The Creature from Jekyll Island. Learn about the Rothschilds (who control the US, and a good chunk of the world), the Federal Reserve, how ...more
Jarod Kintz
When I first bought The Creature from Jekyll Island, I thought it was going to be a cynical book that would attempt to debunk the "myth" of Bigfoot.

But it isn't about that at all!

This is a true account detailing how the sasquatch of our society, the Federal Reserve, has taken us from being a nation of men to a nation of apes. No, worse, since at least apes are free.

Whoever holds our debt holds the chains that shackle us into slavery. If only Abe Lincoln were around today, I'll bet the first t
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Charles Gallagher
Excellent. He gets a bit carried away in describing some of the global coordination efforts; not that some of them did not occur but rather the extent to which they were coordinated by a small group. However that does not detract from the essential factual content of this work (5th edition)that supports the vast majority about which he writes. I have come to think of it as the fifth estate.
Mike Coville
Amazing historical telling of how our nation was duped into accepting a banking cartel as the controller of our economy. This book should be on the reading list of every school in the world. Do yourself a favor, read this book so you can understand better why the world economy is in the poor shape that it is today.
Russ
The Creature from Jekyll Island was recommended to me by a friend who's ideas I respect, especially in regards to politics. Unfortunately, after completing The Creature, I didn't come away very impressed with the content; for the most part, the book was agitating.

Edward Griffin, does a decent job in explaining actual monetary policy: what money is, how it's value changes, and how the Federal Reserve works. Additionally, Griffin's discussion of historical currencies and government banks is useful
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Matthew
The way to untangle a rope is to meticulously unpick each knot until you finally end up with a usable rope.

Griffin unpicks several knots out of the current state of the world financial system, discovers a big knot he calls the Federal Reserve, and declares he can return a usable rope by cutting out the Federal Reserve knot.

In more direct terms, Griffin doesn't fully trace the source of some of the consequences he claims stem from the creation of the Federal Reserve. His conclusion that the elim
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Shea Mastison
This book is good overall, but it has three flaws:

1.) It's about 30% longer than it needs to be. The author repeats ideas two or three times, and not every repetition is necessary to his argument.

2.) He's preaching to the choir. This ties into a the first flaw quite a bit. No one, unless they are already suspicious of the Federal Reserve, is going to read a 600 page book criticizing the Federal Reserve. It also doesn't help that some of his citations are unbelievably shady.

3.) His argument wou
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Rhod
The book makes a well documented case how the rich and the super-rich have influenced, even manipulated history largely through the banking industry. The author concludes we need to end the Fed as we know it, and possibly the world bank and other institutions. Leaving the Fed alone or trying to end it seems to be equally scary. Too bad more people do not have the time or patience to become conversant on the subject. It is a tough read - but everyone should give it a try. I also read an edited ve ...more
Tim
A history of banking throughout the world, leading up to the U.S. Federal Reserve, the dominance of the dollar in world finance, the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. Basically the story of exactly how the world's richest families have, for the past 250 years, deliberately taken steps to gain irrevocable power over the entire world. It uncovers their plot to create a world government and enslave all of mankind in a form of high-tech feudalism, under the guise of progress toward a b ...more
Eric
This is the best book I've read to date to fill you in on the history of money in the US and our current mess. It doesn't go into esoteric theories like "Babylon's Banksters" or confine itself to mostly political history like "Web of Debt" although I would suggest these as further investigation. I would recommend this as a starting point as it hits on a lot of historical events that were given dubious white-washes in your high school education. You will have a much greater understanding for how ...more
Bliss Tew
Sep 22, 2008 Bliss Tew rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Honest Americans and historians.
Recommended to Bliss by: The New American magazine
I first read THE CREATURE FROM JEKYLL ISLAND in 1995, just before I introduced the author, G. Edward Griffin, to an audiance assembled at Provo High School to hear him speak about the new book. 600 were gathered there to hear him describe the origin of the Federal Reserve System, a private banking cartel created by Congressional fiat in 1913.

The book will do more to bring Americans understanding of the Federal Reserve System's monetary and credit monopoly that any I've read.

Excellent book. Over
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Brannon
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The book is 80% entirely scary and real stuff, with 20% speculation. I could do without that 20% so I gave it four stars.

It reviews the history of banking. It shows how America has never really had an untainted banking system. It shows exactly how the Federal Reserve (Fed) creates money from nothing and makes real money as interest on the stuff made from nothing. It proposes a plan for eliminating the Fed.

I really think it is a brilliant and timely book. I wish ev
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Jason Kentzel
In order to help us fully understand our present predicament, Mr. Griffin ranges far afield in explaining the historical, economic, and political antecedents of today’s money system.

We are given a crash course on the nature of money; the origin of banks and the concept of fractional reserves; how this led to the seductive idea of using the same money over and over; how this inevitably led to economic disaster wherever and whenever tried.

We are instructed about the Rothschild formula, which perfe
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Joel
A staggering review and history of money and government. If you think you know what money is, what currency is, what a bailout is really about, what governments do and don't do, or what an economic hit man is....you will find you were mistaken once you've read this mind-blowing book.

It is an incredibly detailed and terrifying lesson. You will never look at your life, or your country, again in the same light. There is little speculation in the book. Some is left up to the reader to research on th
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G. Edward Griffin is a writer and documentary film producer with many successful titles to his credit. Listed in Who’s Who in America, he is well known because of his talent for researching difficult topics and presenting them in clear terms that
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