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Ever wondered what it would be like to be rich And I m not talking about 1 million here, 1 million there rich Think bigger Think way bigger Think richer than the 200 richest people combined Think richer than most states Think 1.000.000.000.000 Dollars Yes, go on, you American and British people, go and wonder how the title of this book matches this sum But well, we weird middle Europeans don t only use metric system , we also count differently Your billion is called Milliarde here Ever wondered what it would be like to be rich And I m not talking about 1 million here, 1 million there rich Think bigger Think way bigger Think richer than the 200 richest people combined Think richer than most states Think 1.000.000.000.000 Dollars Yes, go on, you American and British people, go and wonder how the title of this book matches this sum But well, we weird middle Europeans don t only use metric system , we also count differently Your billion is called Milliarde here and when we talk about a billion, you d call that sum trillion Hence, 1.000.000.000.000 Dollars is the sum we re talking about.The guy who suddenly inherits this ridiculous amount of money is John Fontanelli, just your twentysomething next door One day, he s deliviering pizzas and unsure how to pay the rent, next day, he s the richest man ever and ever At first, he does what everybody expects him to do He buys Houses, clothes, a Ferrari, a yacht spending money is fun But, as everybody knows since Spidey, with great power comes responsibility, and since money power, well let s just say John has a lot on his plate, and I m not talking bills He s supposed to fulfil some kind of prophecy, to help humanity regain their future But how This is where the real fun begins This book is muchthan a guide to capitalism It touches so many subjects that might seem maybe, don t know, not really exciting, but the way Eschbach presents them, they really are I learned so, so much while reading this book, and I learned in a most entertaining way See, I know almost nothing about accounting I can barely manage my own private stuff I know nothing about how the financial system works, really, let alone high finance But I was fascinated reading about these topics I read about interests and compound interests, about how money works globally, where it comes from and where it goes, how financial markets work and crumble It was all new stuff for me, but wow, I wasn t bored at all Also, this book deals with globalisation, climate control, several other enviromental issues, overpopulation, apocalyptic scenarios, history the Fugger family, the Medici, the breakdown of the GDR and and and really, there s so much in here, all so seriouly researched and presented in such an entertaining and understandable way I love reading books that entertain and educate me Wonderful Plus, it was an exciting read The characters are round enough so differentiate, yet they still manage to surprise you Get ready for the one or other twist in judging them.As for the ending well Many people complained about it The greater idea the ending is about is something I can actually work with It s just another interesting What if scenario of which, by the way, this book offers many I ve read far worse endings, and this wasn t the kind of ending the idea that annoyed me The only complaint I have is the the actual, real ending comes all to sudden Like, take this review If you ve read some other of my reviews, you might expect some final crack here, a last joke to tie it all together But well, what does this review and the book do It just stops read it in a week solely because i wanted to finish it not to say want to get it done however it explains some interesting views on money and the large picture of the financial world system the ending sucks. I read this book in German, as it is originally written in that language, but I m writing this in English anyway, since I thinkpeople can read it that way.The book follows John Fontanelli, who never did well financially and now inherits one trillion dollars and a prophecy that he will give mankind back the future it has lost The book deals with how he struggles to figure out how to do that.What I liked There were some interesting points made about money and power, and also some pretty de I read this book in German, as it is originally written in that language, but I m writing this in English anyway, since I thinkpeople can read it that way.The book follows John Fontanelli, who never did well financially and now inherits one trillion dollars and a prophecy that he will give mankind back the future it has lost The book deals with how he struggles to figure out how to do that.What I liked There were some interesting points made about money and power, and also some pretty detailed interesting insights into world finance.What I did not like as much Characters Because of the discussion of these interesting complex models, the characters rather suffered and at times it felt like they all spoke with the same voice Writing style Especially dialogue and inner monologue felt rather wooden and artificial and even cringeworthy at times Ending As this is spoiler free, I cannot say specifically why I didn t really like the ending, but it just left me rather underwhelmed and unfulfilledOverall Some interesting points were made, but I feel like this book would have done much better as a non fiction book than as a novel I had previously read another Eschbach work, The Carpet Makers, and found it to be good though not stellar Having finished One Trillion Dollars I now see that The Carpet Makers was good because it played to all of Eschbach s strengths, something that One Trillion Dollars does not Eschbach is strong at book structure and at individual scenes, while he is weak at characters, writing, and the substance of any big reveals he includes in the work The Carpet Makers was all about structure and ind I had previously read another Eschbach work, The Carpet Makers, and found it to be good though not stellar Having finished One Trillion Dollars I now see that The Carpet Makers was good because it played to all of Eschbach s strengths, something that One Trillion Dollars does not Eschbach is strong at book structure and at individual scenes, while he is weak at characters, writing, and the substance of any big reveals he includes in the work The Carpet Makers was all about structure and independent scenes interwoven together, minimizing the importance of the characters who appeared only for one chapter or a few at most One Trillion Dollars, in contrast, is atypical novel and it brings Eschbach s weaknesses to the fore as much as his strengths.First, the strengths, which to me are summed up best by the book s opening One Trillion Dollars starts exactly where it should, with our protagonist John Fontanelli sitting in a conference room being told of his inheritance You don t have to sit through chapters of John being a financially struggling pizza delivery boy in New York, instead small vignettes about his life as a part of the working poor are interspersed with the people across the conference room table informing him that he has inherited ever larger sums of money The final number that John will inherit is never a mystery to us readers since we ve read the title of the book, so it s a testament to Eschbach s ability to write scenes that he manages to make it tense and engaging even though we know the final outcome If the book had ended with John s inheritance of one trillion dollars, with him being burdened with somehow saving humanity s future, it would make an intriguing short story albeit one with a very unsatisfying ending But of course it doesn t end there, but continues on for over 600pages, and that s when the weaknesses show themselves.This book is a page turner, and I mean that in both the positive and negative sense of the word it is easy to get through so it does not feel as long as it is, but at the same time there is no writing that is worth savoring here Even at almost seven hundred pages the book is without any standout lines, the descriptions are incredibly basic, and the writing uses clich s frequently The writing is functional and no , a basic competency that I couldn t see anyone grading above a C Functionality may also be an apt description for the characters in this story, though theI think about it theI think that might be too high a complement Our protagonist is John Fontanelli, who through a twist of fate has been given the largest fortune in human history I don t think Eschbach intended to write John as being as stupid as he comes off, because he s possibly one of the dumbest characters to grace the pages of a book One Trillion Dollars takes place over the course of years, with John seemingly not learning or having any thoughts at all for the vast majority of that time He is guided through his business, signing anything put in front of him for most of the time, not even picking up a basic understanding of finance or business through osmosis as you might expect When one of the book s predictable twists happen there is something he should do immediately that he doesn t even think about for months John is a character in his late twenties to early thirties, most of the time he seemslike twelve This is the character we get to know best, and he has approximately zero depth Others don t fare better a kindly old religious Italian who believes in tradition, the smart friend from childhood, the musician drug addict, the loyal bodyguard, the love interest that drops in exposition, and of course the megalomaniacal corporate executive view spoiler who is so obviously telegraphed as a villain that I probably don t even need to put this as a spoiler He is described by the old reliable Italian as someone untrustworthy right off the bat, and at every opportunity he is painted as a textbook villain The fact that John doesn t change his will when he finally uncovers McCain s villainy is what I mentioned above as a sign that John is a barely functioning idiot hide spoiler If the writing didn t make it so easy to get through, the boring characters might have made this book a slog Which is not to say that it s slog free The megalomaniacal executive frequently lectures John on various aspects of the financial system and the problems facing humanity, and later on a scientist is introduced to lecture the megalomaniacal executive about the analysis of the problems facing humanity All of these lectures are boring, largely because they are so surface level, you probably already know much of what this book is going to lecture you about if you know how a loan works and how a bank works , and the lectures about topics you might not be familiar with, like currency creation and the Tobin tax, are touched upon so lightly that it begs the question of why bring it up at all the descriptions are three or four notchessimplified than what you d find on wikipedia Eschbach is clearly fascinated by the modern economy, and wants to tell you about it, but he s no expert on this stuff and the lessons his characters impart arepadding than edifying.The final large flaw, a flaw shared by The Carpet Makers, is that One Trillion Dollars has a reveal that completely fails to impress, theso because of the large buildup to it John, after hundreds and hundreds of pages, has an epiphany where he realizes what he must do to give humanity back its future And what he proposes will solve none of the problems raised in the book as the chief challenges facing humanity Limited raw resources, growth of population, the current economic system, John s revelation doesn t directly address any of it, and doesn t suggest how these problems would potentially be addressed by a new institution either Now, did I expect this book to end with an explanation of how to solve one of humanity s big problems Of course not, but that is the goal that Eschbach set up for himself It s a failure of his own design, but a failure nonetheless don t promise what you can t deliver.Despite a solid opening, this book has some serious flaws The writing is not worth noting, the characters are bland and shallow, there are too many uninteresting lectures, the book is often predictable, and the final epiphany fails to impress But the central premise is intriguing, it has some scenes that work, and it is an easy book to read This book might be genuinely interesting to someone that knows nothing of the modern financial system, but I m not that person I m giving this one 2.5 stars and rounding up, though after I mull it over someI might decide to round down Yesterday John Fontanelli was just a pizza delivery guy in New York City One day later he s the richest man in the world One trillion dollars one million times one million ,,,, money than anyone could imagine For generations the Vacchis, an old Italian family of lawyers and asset managers, had supervised the fortune as it grew over five hundred years, until one particular date that the benefactor had stipulated in his will The youngest male descendant would be fated to oversee the fortune for the good of humanity John relishes his new life of luxury, rubbing elbows with royalty, buying up corporations, fielding a flood of beautiful women until one day the phone rings, and a mysterious stranger tells the trillionaire that he knows what dirty secrets lie behind the fortune A novel about the idea of economics Love it Read the paper version You ll love the page numbers. I have only ever read one other book by Andreas Eschbach and that was his incredible science fiction epic The Carpet Makers That book has a special meaning for me as it came along at a special time in my life My son had just been born and during his first two weeks in this world I needed something to do between the regular feeding and cleaning I had purchased The Carpet Makers many moons beforehand and now was the time to read it While my son slept and my wife and I watched over him, I wou I have only ever read one other book by Andreas Eschbach and that was his incredible science fiction epic The Carpet Makers That book has a special meaning for me as it came along at a special time in my life My son had just been born and during his first two weeks in this world I needed something to do between the regular feeding and cleaning I had purchased The Carpet Makers many moons beforehand and now was the time to read it While my son slept and my wife and I watched over him, I would read the book and get lost in the amazing universe of small people and huge empires The book made a huge impression on me at an important time in my life and it is one book that I am incredibly attached to It s been many years since I read The Carpet Makers Sadly, I could not find any other Andreas Eschbach books because his work had not been translated into English That is, not until I was handed an ebook copy of his newest novel, One Trillion Dollars John Fontanelli is paid a visit by the Vacchis, a family of Italian lawyers, who have some startling news He is to inherit a fortune, which started as a three hundred florin investment in the sixteenth century by his ancestor Giacomo Fontanelli, but through the magic of compound interest has grown into a trillion dollars and is still growing In one fell swoop, John has become by far the richest person in the world, his net worth being bigger than the GDP of most countries Giacomo had prophesised that his heir would use the money to restore humanity s lost future, but John has other ideas Initially relishing his new life of luxury and with no idea how to fulfil the prophecy, he buys fast cars and a yacht is personally petitioned by cardinals and politicians and enjoys being chased by hoards of beautiful women Eventually jaded by his wealth however, he is contacted by the mysterious Malcolm McCaine, who claims to understand the prophecy and has a vision to improve the world both ecologically and socially with the Fontanelli fortune Following some strategic investments on McCaine s advice, John gains the power to decide the fate of corporations, currencies, and even countries economies Nothing and no one can stand in their way but is McCaine really a visionary and genius Or is he a dangerous and manipulative madman There s no long winded introduction of the protagonist John Fontanelli you get to know him through some snapshots of his miserable job, his broken relationships and his uncertain future At first I thought that I would have liked to have a bitbackground on him but Eschbach wastes no time in getting to the meat of the story It s then you realise that the caricature of Fontanelli is there so that you have a point of view, so that you can experience what it s like to be suddenly thrust into a world where you will want for nothing Although you come to know, and love, John throughout the book I do get the impression that he is initially there so that the reader has a viewpoint on the extraordinary circumstances he finds himself in.Almost straight away you re asking yourself the question what would I do if I inherited a trillion dollars John helps to address and even question these thoughts in the opening chapters There s the period of disbelief, the uncertainty, the sudden bursts of spending Then there s the soul searching and,important than anything else and the driving force behind this novel, what to do with so much wealth.The outside problems are also addressed sycophantic admirers , problematic friends and hangers on, legal disputes, people coming out of the woodwork to take advantage of the money, false friendships, fawning diplomats and the crushing paparazzi and media who besiege his life These are things that John confronts and, in many ways, I hope that I d act in a similar way that he does All through this, John Fontanelli remains a likeable if slightly frustrating character Likeable because he remains grounded in the real world as best he can and frustrating because he has a tendency to be led around by those around him More than once I found myself almost yelling at the book, just tell him to get lost when he was dealing with a problematic character The I found myself thinking was that me talking, or the money There s another character in the book, Malcolm McCaine, who comes into John s life in an underhanded and mysterious way His character is at first confusing and then incredibly harsh, but it s very difficult to go into any detail about his role in John s life, and future, without giving away some serious plot points that work best when unexpected I ll just say this there wasthan one moment in the book when I wished I could have reached into the pages and throttled him Both characters are well realised and have plenty of layers, especially John who you learnabout as the story progresses, so you get to watch his journey and watch him grow at the same time not always in directions you either expected or wanted At first I found some of the worldwide and geopolitical business workings somewhat far fetched and unbelievable, so it was with some shock that when I looked into these things a little further that nearly all of what Eschbach wrote was based on fact Does the world really work this way This book has opened my eyes to a few things and has surprised me in many ways and much of that surprise translates into the real world It s a bit of a shock to the system.If I had to gripe about two things they would be this Firstly and I appreciate that a story such as this positively calls out for it there s a lot of exposition in this book And I mean a lot The nature of the novel means that crash a course in global politics, social and geographical, and the worldwide economy is in order Shares, acquisitions, mergers, companies, everything is touched upon or talked about in detail and I found myself having to read certain paragraphsthan once to be sure that I had understood what was being said, and how it pertained to the story It did feel like certain chapters were nothing but walls of text, and I m not a fan of exposition in stories, but sadly it s something that had to be done to make the story work Secondly, the end was very sudden and, in my view, somewhat whimsical It didn t ruin or cheapen the book far from it but I did feel that after following the journey of the world s richest man it concluded rather quickly and neatly The annoying thing is that I can t explain why without ruining the ending for you Just be aware that it is one of those endings that people will either love or hate I lean towards love but I m not 100% convinced that it s the way the book should have ended, but it s a satisfying read overall and it certainly didn t discolour the rest of the novel for me.One Trillion Dollars is an excellent book that will leave you wondering, pondering and thinking about not only the idea of having so much money that you can, quite literally, have anything you want in the world, but also about the roles of government and business and how it affects our everyday lives It also addresses the state of the world and the future we re heading into It works not only as a thought exercise but also as a thriller as it does a good job of making you turn the page to see what happens next For a novel with no car chases or gunfights that s an amazing achievement and a testament to Andreas Eschbach s writing You just have to know.A great book that ll keep you pretty much gripped from beginning to end Highly recommended Entertaining diverting but nothing.I read this book because it was recommend in a podcast, Das E U Gespr ch, as a book with an interesting story that also teaches you something about money, the economy and the future of humanity in the fashion of It is a page turner I read it in three days which means I spend most of those days reading The writing style is very easy to follow, and it s easy to start caring for the different characters The topic is intriguing About half way through, though, it was all a bit too much for me to handle In the end, I felt it was a nice read yet it won t make it on my list of favorites Sometimes less isThat said, there are some beautiful sentences in the book which I ll try and pull out and add as It is a page turner I read it in three days which means I spend most of those days reading The writing style is very easy to follow, and it s easy to start caring for the different characters The topic is intriguing About half way through, though, it was all a bit too much for me to handle In the end, I felt it was a nice read yet it won t make it on my list of favorites Sometimes less isThat said, there are some beautiful sentences in the book which I ll try and pull out and add as quotes Disappointed I think the author tried to eatthan he could chew, and choked during the last 10% of the book which is basically rubbish He did a good job presenting the argument backed up with sound analysis and logic, only to find himself trapped and then cheated his way towards the ending Not worth the time. One Trillion Dollars


About the Author: Andreas Eschbach

Andreas Eschbach is a German writer who mostly writes science fiction Even if some of his stories do not exactly fall into the SF genre, they usually feature elements of the fantastic.Eschbach studied aerospace engineering at the University of Stuttgart and later worked as a software engineer He has been writing since he was 12 years old His first professional publication was the short story Dolls, published in 1991 in German computing magazine C t His first novel was published in 1995 Five of his novels have won the Kurd La witz Award, one of the most prestigious awards in the German SF scene.His novels have also been translated into a number of languages, including English, French, Italian, Russian, Polish, Turkish and Japanese.In 2002, his novel Das Jesus Video was adapted for German television In 2003, his novel Eine Billion Dollar was adapted for German radio As of 2006, his only novel translated into English was Die Haarteppichkn pfer, published in 2005 as The Carpet Makers.


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