Most successful nonfiction book about the economy in 2013

In May 2012, Marburg-based scientific publishing house Tectum published the book by authors Matthias Weik and Marc Friedrich titled Der größte Raubzug der Geschichte (English working title “The Greatest Heist of All Time”).

The book became a bestseller within only a few months of being released and was reviewed by numerous national and international media outlets.

The updated edition has been available in paperback since April 2014.

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The book on bestseller lists

Manager Magazin  Business Bestseller List (24 months)
Top ranking: No. 1 (Issue 45/2012, 12/2013, 19/2013, 49/2013, 2/2014 and 6/2014).

Spiegel Nonfiction Bestseller List (Softcover) (82 weeks)
Top ranking: No. 2 (Issue 7, 9, 11, 12, 14 and 20/2013).

Spiegel Nonfiction Bestseller List (Paperback) (23 weeks)

Spiegel Annual Softcover Bestseller List 2013
No. 3

Spiegel Annual Softcover Bestseller List 2012
No. 10


Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to an exciting journey into a world of madness, lies, fraud and the most extreme destruction of capital man has ever seen. It’s happening right before our eyes – The Greatest Heist of All Time – and we are all its victims. The rich are getting richer, while everyone else is getting poorer.

The authors ask:

  • How is money even created?
  • Where do banks and states get their money anyway?
  • Why is the global financial system unjust?
  • Is it really just the banks that are responsible for the current plight or are policymakers to blame, too?
  • Why is the world’s largest financial casino located in Germany and hardly anyone knows about it?
  • Is the euro ultimately doomed to fail?
  • Are life insurance and annuity policies, building loan contracts and government bonds still worthwhile investments?
  • Do financial products serve the customer or the financial industry?
  • What does it mean when a country goes bankrupt?
  • Who really benefits from our country’s debt?
  • Is infinite growth even possible?

This fascinating and earnest book provides answers that speak to more than just concerned investors. It explains which investments still make sense today, and which ones only the financial services industry benefits from. These next few months could be critical for the financial fate of countries and their citizens. This will also affect you. Failure to take the right actions now could leave you empty handed in the very near future.

Yet every crisis is also an opportunity. Make sure that you aren’t one of the losers!

Product info


Softcover: 381 pages
Publisher: Tectum-Verlag
Edition: 1st edition (May 30, 2012)
Language: German
ISBN-10: 382882949X
ISBN-13: 978-3828829497
Dimensions: 21 cm x 14.8 cm x 3 cm


Softcover: 381 pages
Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Bastei Lübbe (Bastei Lübbe Taschenbuch)
Edition: 1st edition (April 15, 2014)
Language: German
ISBN-10: 3404608046
ISBN-13: 978-3404608041

Where to buy

Tectum Verlag | Amazon | iTunes | Kindle

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