Book Review: Griffin (1994) (2008) “The Creature from Jekyll Island: A Second Look at the Federal Reserve”

Book Review: Griffin (1994) (2008) The Creature from Jekyll Island: A Second Look at the Federal Reserve. American Media. Westlake Village, California.


The 600 page book is the most comprehensive review of the history of money, banking and economics in a form that may be digested by the common man. Admittedly a lengthy tome, it is best read as the author G. Edward Griffin recommends—in order. All previous chapters lay the foundation for subsequent chapters. It is indeed a push to get through the first half of the book but by the time the reader gets to the middle, he has an understanding of the profound effects of money and economics on politics, history and war!

This is a must-read for every citizen and no student should graduate high school without having thoroughly digested Griffin’s seminal work on economics, the development of money and the history of banking. It is well-written and engaging. A seventh-grade student should be able to understand Griffin’s clear and concise writing.

Perhaps most importantly, the author offers a solution to the problem of money, more accurately the problem of fiat money. Griffin accurately and simply defines all of the terms and concepts he puts forward in his book. Beginning on approximately page 570 he offers a plausible solution in scarcely a dozen pages. His case against the Federal Reserve System is a walk back in history to the beginnings of money and banking encompassing the elements of war, revolution, oppression and fraud.

Griffin offers seven reasons to abolish the Federal Reserve System. On an extremely positive note, Griffin proposes a 16 step recovery plan to restore our country to a constitutional currency, putting the beast, the monster to sleep before the creature forever destroys our sovereignty and before The New World Order enslaves all of mankind, especially the little guy beyond our borders who has no hope for freedom and prosperity should our country fall.

While earlier editions can now be had at a bargain discount (center), due to its popularity it was recently out-of-print and only available at a premium. Griffin finally released a new edition of The Creature from Jekyll Island for 2008 (left). The author also offers an audio CD (right).

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