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Announcing Our New Book: Prosper!

The long-awaited sequel to The Crash Course
Friday, October 30, 2015, 7:37 PM

Big news!! Our new book has arrived!

Our earlier book The Crash Course (Wiley, 2011) detailed how current global trends are bleak: weak economic growth, too much debt, declining incomes for the lower 99%, a dangerous addiction to fossil fuels, and accelerating ecological destruction – just to name a few. Many of us understandably feel resigned to an eroding standard of living in the years to come. At best.

But what if we told you that there are specific attainable steps you can take today that can limit your vulnerability to these trends? Steps to help you be:

  • Richer
  • Healthier
  • Happier
  • Safer from harm
  • Living with greater purpose
  • More valued by others

That’s exactly what our new book Prosper!: How To Prepare for the Future and Create a World Worth Inheriting offers: a blueprint for taking control of and improving your destiny. It outlines practical, actionable investments of your time & resources that will ensure you enjoy greater prosperity in your life, whatever the future may bring:

  • Which trends are most likely to shape your life over the next 20 years
  • Why developing resilience offers your best chance for thriving, even though society may suffer from the changes these trends may bring
  • How to build true wealth
  • What specific actions to take now to secure a prosperous future, no matter what tomorrow holds
  • How everybody can benefit from this guidance, regardless of age, income or ability
  • How we can best serve the next generation by the actions we take today

It addresses head-on the most common question we hear: Given the future trends forecasted in The Crash Course, what should I do?

A LOT of work went into this book, which we've crafted to speak to a wide audience. If you're looking to introduce new minds to the material discussed here at Peak Prosperity, as well as guide them to take prudent action, Prosper! is the single best resource to hand them.

But don't just take our word for it. Here's what our book reviewers have to say about it:

"How does one thrive in -- let alone survive -- a world filled with unsustainable debt, overconsumption, and rampant cronyism? The authors of Prosper! put forth the best vision I've yet seen."

David Stockman, former Director of the U.S. Office of Management & Budget and author of The Great Deformation

“Of those trying to decode the gathering fiasco of finance and economy, Martenson and Taggart get my vote as the smartest guys in the room. Their writing is lucid, wise, funny, and wide-ranging, and this book is indispensible if you want to come out the other side of this crisis in one piece."

James Howard Kunstler, author of The Long Emergency & the World Made by Hand series

"I couldn't put Prosper! down. Whether you think things are getting better or getting worse, legacy living is the way to thrive, and this book tells you how to do it. Everyone needs to read Prosper!"

Joel Salatin, Polyface Farms 

"Clearly, our global addiction to debt-fueled growth will not end well. In Prosper!, Martenson and Taggart provide a rare and much-needed resource for today's times: a comprehensive guide detailing the steps you should take now, in advance of crisis, to secure a bright future."

~ Tyler Durden, ZeroHedge.com

We're quite proud of this book as we think it represents some of our best work to date. And we think its timing couldn't be better. We're seeing accelerating signs everywhere that the "recovery" engineered since 2009 is failing, as also are key systems in the natural world that we depend on. Folks who follow the guidance in this book now, in advance, will be much better off when the next crisis hits.

Purchasing The Book

So how can you get your hands on Prosper!?

Because we know that many of you have specific preferences, we pushed very hard to have the book available in print, e-book and audio form at launch.

Each of these versions hit bookstores everywhere this month and can be purchased right now.

Print Book

Being fully transparent, our preference is for you to purchase the print book through Peak Prosperity, as the economics are much more favorable to us and will help greatly in recouping the book's development and publication costs and -- if the book sells well -- fund further improvements to PeakProsperity.com.

As an added incentive, we autograph each print book purchased from us.

The print book can also be purchased through Amazon and at nearly any other major bookstore.

Audio Book

Those of you who prefer to listen to books while out gardening, exercising, etc, you're in luck! We have an audio version of Prosper! narrated by Chris himself. It's available now for download on Audible.com, on iTunes, as well as on other sites like Audiobooks.com. It will also be available on CD soon, which you can pre-order on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and at many other online booksellers. 

E-Book

And for those who enjoy reading their books on a Kindle or other e-reader device, an e-book version of Prosper! is also now available for the Kindle, Nook and other popular e-reader devices.

A Community Effort

Prosper! is the product of years worth of scouting, researching, trialing and evaluating a wide spectrum of resilience-building practices -- all done on behalf of, and in participation with, our wonderful community of readers here at Peak Prosperity. 

The book itself was proofed by a brave cohort of PP.com readers and many improvements were made based on their feedback. A number of other readers kindly submitted their own personal stories of inspiration, which are peppered throughout Prosper!'s pages.

In our eyes, this work is as much a product of your contributions as it is ours. And we think it's a hell of a valuable resource.

We hope you'll read it and use it yourself, as well as share it widely with those you care about.

Who knows? Maybe this is the spark that focuses the public's consciousness on the serious predicaments we face...one that offers reality-based strategies and answers, while also delivering a much-needed vision for hope.

We've been laying the groundwork for the better part of this year to get Prosper! in the hands of as many people as possible. Your help in that mission will be invaluable, and greatly appreciated.

With gratitude & excitement,

Adam & Chris

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Thank you!

You talk about the price of everything and the value of nothing. Well it is clear to see without reading the book yet that this book will be incredibly valuable to me (especially relative to the price). Thank you to everyone who put time and energy into it. I can't tell you how grateful I am for this community and the efforts put in to try and make this world better. I'm looking forward to using this guide to be more resilient.

Thank you Chris and Adam!

Thank you all! 

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Congratulations Chris and Adam!

I can't wait to read/hear "Prosper!"; truly worthy of "good news Friday"!  Congrats also on the excellent "promo" statements; well done!

-pinecarr

PS I initially tried ordering a copy of the book using Paypal, but seemed to get stuck in an infinite loop.  After I hit "Review", it came back with the "Review" button at the bottom again (vs the "Submit" button).  So I was never able to submit the order that way.  But then I switched to using a credit card, and that worked fine.

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Wow, you got Tyler Durden to

Wow, you got Tyler Durden to give a recommendation. That's actually pretty cool. Nice job

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PayPal wonkiness

Pinecarr -

Many thanks for letting us know. You're the second person tonight to report wonkiness trying to purchase the book via PayPal.

I've flagged the issue for our IT team. I'm hoping they can leap on it tomorrow, but given that it's Friday night on a holiday weekend, it may not get resolved until Monday.

Whenever it's fixed, I'll let folks know here.

And for anyone wondering: using a credit card works just fine when purchasing the book.

cheers,
Adam

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Audible

will the audiobook be available on audible.com or just in CD form?

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Economics

Ordered and can't wait to read it!

One thought: Currently the two order choice which stand out to me are

1. Order through Amazon for $19, 0 shipping (prime), or

2. Order through PP, further support Chris and Adam, but... get hit with $19 + $5 shipping.

Bad choices!  I don't want to support Amazon, so I prefer option 2, but then I get hit with a $5 added charge. If the economics are sufficiently favorable, I suggest dropping the PP shipping charge, or at least minimizing it ($1? Sure)

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Paypal fubar

FYI, I saw this post today and just tried to order via paypal to no avail. Purchased via CC instead.

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When do books ordered

When do books ordered directly from PP ship?  Ordered mine last Saturday,

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Congratulations

Congratulations Adam and Chris! I look forward to reading the book and writing a review. I encourage everyone who reads the book to review it on Amazon and Goodreads.

Phil

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Nov 17th

As mentioned above, we'll ship all pre-ordered books by Nov 17th, the day the book becomes publicly available.

We're still awaiting our bulk shipment from the publisher. If it arrives soon, though, we'll start shipping books out before the 17th.

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Shipping update

As mentioned, our plan has been to start shipping out pre-ordered books tomorrow.

Frustratingly, our bulk shipment has not arrived yet. The distributor tells us it should be arriving any day now.

Our apologies for what is looking like a short wait. I will post here the moment the books arrive. We will ship all pre-ordered books in the two days following then.

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Frustrating delay

Argh. I hate to report this, but our bulk shipment of print books from the publisher still has not arrived yet. They are now promising delivery by Tuesday.

Suffice it to say, it has been a frustrating several days waiting for this delivery. We have been pushing our publisher every day for expedition.

I will announce here when the delivery arrives, and we'll start shipping books out to those who have pre-ordered the moment it does.

As for the audio version, the final files we're delivered to Audible.com on Thursday. We are now waiting for Audible to post it live on their site. I'm checking by the hour and will announce here when its available.

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No worries, Adam

I can't speak for anyone else, but it is pretty obvious the delay is out of your and Chris's control.  I was happy to get a chance to read the free chapter you posted; thanks for doing that!  And I look forward reading the rest of it!

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Not Yet

I just checked Audible. Nothing for Prosper yet.

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Painful frustration

Suffice it to say, it's been a painfully frustrating past 8 days with the delays in our book launch. Here are the latest updates I have:

Print books: I spoke yesterday with the trucking company delivering our books. They experienced a weather delay over the weekend. Given that, plus the Thanksgiving holiday, they're now quoting delivery of our bulk shipment by Friday. We will start mailing the books out to all who pre-ordered as soon as the books arrive.

Audible.com: as mentioned, the files were delivered to Audible last Thursday. At this point, it's out of our publisher's hands. We are simply waiting for Audible to add the audio book to its catalog and offer the download. Audible.com is part of Amazon: a massive Borg ship that moves only at its own whim. We are now reduced to simply waiting -- and I am checking hourly.

Suffice it to say that these (and other) delays with the general availability of our book have been increasingly infuriating as the official launch date of Nov 17 moves further into the past. I have spent the vast majority of each day since pushing our publisher and related parties to expedite and resolve -- but being frank, I'm getting a crash course in why the publishing industry is dying. It's a tangled nightmare with cartel-like racketeering, unnecessary middlemen, and deliberate/moronic lack of transparency.

But despite all that, we are confident and committed that everyone who orders a book will receive it. And it does seem like the remaining issues will be resolved within days, at most.

Thank you all for your patience.

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Adam

Don't stress out. It isn't good for your health.

There's probably something in the book about that. :-)

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C'mon audible!  I want to

C'mon audible!  I want to pick up the audio version (already bought the e-book) while I have a captive audience in the car this Thanksgiving.

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Chris to discuss "Prosper!" on USAWatchdog.com on 11/29/15

I was watching Greg Hunter's Thanksgiving message on USAWatchDog.com this morning, and was surprised and pleased to hear him say that Chris is going to be on Sunday (11/29/15) to discuss "Prosper!" (at around 1 min. 48 seconds)

http://usawatchdog.com/greg-hunter-thanksgiving-message-2015/#more-16549

I figured people here would want to know about that too.  Looking forward to it, Chris and Adam!

Happy Thanksgiving, All!

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Chris and Adam on the KunstlerCast

Maybe it's been mentioned somewhere here on Peak Prosperity but I haven't seen it.  Chris and Adam are the guests on the most recent KunstlerCast podcast, talking about "Prosper".  It was a great discussion making me want to get my copy all the more.  It sounds like an excellent book with significant potential to be life changing. 

http://kunstler.com/podcast/kunstlercast-272-a-conversation-with-chris-m...

Thanks for the updates, Adam, on the status of delivery for the preorders.  While I'm excited to get my copy I'm not going to stress about it.  In the overall scheme of things it should arrive soon enough.

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17 Copies of Prosper??

This brings back memories of 4 years ago when my mind had been blown by reading The Crash Course for the first time, then again from cover to cover twice more. 

I purchased 17 copies of The Crash Course for all of my relatives for Christmas presents that year.

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Thanks for tip, David

I hadn't been aware that Chris and Adam were on the KunstlerCast discussing "Prosper!", and look forward to checking it out!

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The Books Arrived!!

Finally! This just happened:

The truck just dropped these off. I managed to get the first few boxes to the UPS Store before it closed (half-day). I'll drop the rest off when it opens in the morning.

Many thanks for the patience of all of you who pre-ordered. The books will be shipped over the next 2 business days. As your packaged is shipped, you should receive a UPS confirmation email with a tracking number.

Huge relief!!

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Congratulations Adam!

You look like a happy camper now!

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could you put the table of contents online?

Dear Chris,

dear Adam,

could you please put the table of contents online?

I couldn’t find it on the websites of online shops.

It would help me to see whether (respectively to which degree) the content is specific to people living in the USA.

Thank you and best wishes

Arthur

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Prosper! Table Of Contents

Here you go, Arthur:

  • Foreword vii
  • Acknowledgments ix
  • Introduction xi
  • Chapter 1: The Three Es 1
  • Chapter 2: Resilience: What Is It, Exactly? 11
  • Chapter 3: Resilience — Why Does It Matter? 21
  • Chapter 4: Obstacles to Success 33
  • Chapter 5: OK… So How Do I Develop Resilience? 43
  • Chapter 6: Financial Capital 55
  • Chapter 7: Living Capital 81
  • Chapter 8: Material Capital 97
  • Chapter 9: Knowledge Capital 113
  • Chapter 10: Emotional Capital 129
  • Chapter 11: Social Capital 143
  • Chapter 12: Cultural Capital 155
  • Chapter 13: Time Capital 163
  • Reader Stories 175
  • Next Steps & More Resources 197
  • Epilogue 201
  • Web Links 203
  • About the Authors 207

In our opinion, just about all of the book's advice is relevant to everyone, regardless of country of residence.

cheers,

A

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Books

How did you get a palet with hundreds of pounds worth of books into your kitchen? That photo is a fake!

Just kidding, but that is a lot of books you are sitting on. Happy shipping!

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No Faking

Happy to confirm the photo is the real deal. Except that the books are in my garage (we have little use in the kitchen for the leaf blower you see at left. Unless my older daughter is cooking...)

And yes -- it's a lot of books! All the more reason for folks to purchase more when placing an order :)

OK, am now off for my 3rd delivery to the UPS Store...

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I suppose a table-saw also

I suppose a table-saw also does not really "fit the bill" of typical kitchen either. That's pretty smart to use old kitchen cabinets in a garage. Nice.

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Audiobook download now available!

Good news! The audio book can now be downloaded from Audiobooks.com:

http://www.audiobooks.com/audiobook/prosper-how-to-prepare-for-the-futur...

We are still awaiting posting to Audible.com & iTunes. Should be any time now -- will post here as soon as it appears there.

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Prosper! Now On Audible.com!!!

Very happy to announce that the audio version of our new book Prosper! is now available for download on Audible.com:

http://www.audible.com/pd/Self-Development/Prosper-Audiobook/B018SRZ10K/...

Audible manages iTunes' audio book catalog, so Prosper! should be live there, too, within the next few hours.

Phew!!!

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Listening to Prosper! via free trial subscription to Audible.com

I had ordered a copy of "Prosper!" on CD to listen to, but discovered that the CDs were not coming out until January 2016.  So I decided to check out the version on Audible.com. Somehow in this process, I was able to get a free trial subscription to Audible.  And using that free trial subscription, I have been able to get free access to listen to “Prosper!”. 

Unfortunately, this was several days ago, and I did not write down the steps I’d taken that (inadvertently) got me the free subscription.  But I think it may have either been by (1) going to Amazon.com, looking up “Prosper!”, and clicking on the “Audible” version (and then getting notified of the opportunity to sign up for a free trial subscription),  or by (2) going directly to Audible.com and looking up “Prosper!”.  I am hoping that someone here will be able to figure out and repeat what I did, and then share the steps they took to do it with others here. 

I was originally offered an Audible trial subscription for 2 months, which then got bumped to 3 months (I think because I’m a member of Amazon Prime). The way the Audible.com trial subscription works is that you get to access one book per month, until your trial subscription ends.  You also have to give them a credit card number; then, if you don’t cancel your trial subscription by (before?) it ends, you’ll start getting billed the monthly subscription rate.

Also note that you will need an app that allows you to listen to Audible books.  They list what your options are on Audible.com.  If you don’t have the app (and I didn’t), you can get instructions for downloading a free app that will then allow you to listen to Audible books.  That worked for me.

Anyhow, as a result of this unexpected offer of a free trial subscription to Audible, I am now getting to listen to and enjoy “Prosper!” on my Christmas Eve-Eve!:)  I hope that others are able to benefit from this approach as well!  (And Adam, I am hoping/assuming this doesn't impact Chris's and your profits from selling Prosper! on Audible.com...if so, feel free to delete my post!:)

-pinecarr

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BBC seeking forming communities - Documentary - $$available!!

I just received an email, forwarded thru The School of Living list-serve, from the FIC.

This post server won't accept clip n paste from my email, but a summary is that BBC wants to do a year-long documentary on the life of groups forming new Off Grid Intentional Communities - & they appear willing to  PROVIDE THE LAND!     This is NOT to be scripted!   pure documentary!

They want to complete sign-up in the next two weeks.

I can forward the announcement and application to anyone interested.

sunguy at localnet dot com

I trust the FIC people to have vetted this as real.

sunguy

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Excellent Book, Time to Write a Review

Chris and Adam,

I just finished reading Prosper! The book was excellent. Thank you for writing it. I posted a review on Amazon and Goodreads. I hope other readers do the same. It is very helpful to provide social proof.

Phil

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Writing A Review

Phil -

Many thanks for the kind words and for posting a review.

Yes: we're hearing loud & clear from our publisher that customer reviews indeed have a substantial amount of influence -- both in terms of influencing readers as well as trade buyers.

For all reading this: if you've read Prosper! and have feedback to share, please post it on Amazon (or your favorite book retailer's site) today!

cheers,
Adam

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David Morgan interview points to Chris and Adam & "Prosper!"

I was listening to David Morgan's interview on Greg Hunter's USA WatchDog  http://usawatchdog.com/financial-avalanche-will-bury-most-david-morgan/

I was surprised and pleased when he said that Chris and Adam were going to be featured  in an upcoming solutions conference in Las Vegas in February, and held up a copy of "Prosper!"  Starts at ~26:02 min.

Nice promo Chris and Adam!!

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Book Delivery?

My pre-ordered book (Prosper!) hasn't been received, nor an explanation given as to when it might be sent; I do hope this doesn’t reflect upon the books content. Come on guys, you can at least inform me as to when I might receive this gem; I’m making decisions based upon the books input, and would hate to screw up because I didn’t get the book in time. Help me out here!

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Mental resilience

Working on a framework for resilience stumbled on the following site which I think was a useful brief overview on 'mental resilience': http://staroversky.com/blog/what-is-resilience-10-critical-characteristi...

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Good summary of mental resiliency characteristics, Afridev

They ring true.  I've seen people close to me get through some pretty tough time using various combinations of these characteristics. 

Thanks for sharing! 

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