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The Average American Ferrari Buyer Is 47 Years Old; In China - Only 32

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In China, 9 out of 10 billionaires are self-made, the highest percentage of any country (and by self-made we are unsure whether BusinessWeek's Christina Larson means via entrepreurial spirits or government connected handout) but there is another fact that makes the Chinese billionaire different from the rest of the average run-of-the-mill billionaires we discussed here. The average age of the country’s 157 billionaires is 53 years old - nine years younger than the world average. But perhaps the most shocking statistic among the luxury buyer is that the average Ferrari buyer in the U.S. is 47 years old; in China, he is 32.


Here's how the wealth - among the families of Communist China’s “Eight Immortals” - has been grealt rotated and grown among them...


As Bloomberg BusinessWeek notes,

To be sure, self-made fortunes aren’t always made cleanly in China, as Bloomberg News documented in a 2012 investigative series on the extreme wealth of China’s leading political families, “Revolution to Riches.”

It’s no surprise, given the deep intertwinement of money and political power in China, that Beijing is home to the country’s highest number of billionaires, with 26. That’s followed by Shanghai, with 19 billionaires, and Shenzhen with 16. The UBS study calculates the combined net worth of China’s billionaires to be $384 billion, roughly equivalent to the entire annual gross domestic product of South Africa in 2012.


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Mon, 11/25/2013 - 13:58 | 4188206 Dear Infinity
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Word on the street is uber wealthy Chinese people are trying to buy Bitcoins with cash out of the sight of the exchanges. The culture of luxury combined with the ample paper wealth is driving large-scale purchases behind closed doors. Can you imagine all those leather bound brief cases filled with yuan? Somehow I think Bernanke is jealous... "You didn't print that!"

BTC:GOLD ratio = 1.567

BTC:SILVER ratio = 0.025

Mon, 11/25/2013 - 14:00 | 4188218 DoChenRollingBearing
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That website is a nice quick & clean way to check prices of many things I keep track of.  Especially nice is the 10-Year bond yield, which is not as easy to find at any sites with gold, BTC, platinum prices, etc.

Mon, 11/25/2013 - 14:13 | 4188256 knukles
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Regardless of nationality or age, the average Ferrari buyer I've ever met are immature insecure ego-maniacal unpleasant self centered and anally retentive....

Mon, 11/25/2013 - 14:18 | 4188274 ACP
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ie cocksuckers

Mon, 11/25/2013 - 15:12 | 4188446 ZerOhead
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Italian Ferrari = Chinese penis extender

And since China is a HUGE market of small players I'm going long Ferrari...

Mon, 11/25/2013 - 15:21 | 4188483 James_Cole
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In China, 9 out of 10 billionaires are self-made


Mon, 11/25/2013 - 18:34 | 4189059 putaipan
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kinky tom kinky tom he just sold the dog....

gotta wait about 20 seconds for the translation to kick in

Mon, 11/25/2013 - 14:23 | 4188290 RafterManFMJ
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Damn, I'm so poor I've never even met a Ferrari owner.  I know a guy that bought a new Ford F150, though.

Mon, 11/25/2013 - 14:52 | 4188360 TheGardener
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"Only a young healthy man makes a sports car look cool."

Some gay fashion designer who`s name is just eluding me...

Mon, 11/25/2013 - 14:59 | 4188409 Ignatius
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I don't know.  A geezer with the top down and a french cap can bring a smile.

Mon, 11/25/2013 - 15:10 | 4188451 RafterManFMJ
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A beret? The kind you find in a second-hand store?

Mon, 11/25/2013 - 15:12 | 4188461 The Big Ching-aso
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Human sacrifice! Italians and Chinese driving together! Mass hysteria!

Ghost City Busters

Mon, 11/25/2013 - 16:34 | 4188693 Dr Benway
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A raspberry soufflé

Mon, 11/25/2013 - 16:11 | 4188616 Freddie
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You met my neighbor with the 458. 

Mon, 11/25/2013 - 14:17 | 4188249 Running On Bing...
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Word on the street: "FUCK YOU"!

Read this:

The short path we found (which is depicted in Figure 6) suggests (but does not prove) the existence of a surprising link between the two mysterious figures of the Bitcoin community, Satoshi Nakamoto and DPR. It is reasonable to assume that all the accounts described along the top of Figure 6 belong to the same person, but to be on the safe side we refer to him as a “Founder” rather than as Satoshi Nakamoto. We are sure that analyzing this figure will start a very vigorous debate in the Bitcoin community.

So much for your anonymity argument. BitCON.


Mon, 11/25/2013 - 15:39 | 4188527 Dr Benway
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Thanks for posting this, very interesting article.

Mon, 11/25/2013 - 20:27 | 4189323 Running On Bing...
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Lol. It's real suspicious. I think it's him, or someone very, very close to him.


Mon, 11/25/2013 - 14:16 | 4188271 azzhatter
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Self made Chinese? Hahahaha- All of the newly wealthy Chinese are sons, daughters of government officials or connected to the regime. Coming to a country very near you soon

Mon, 11/25/2013 - 14:32 | 4188315 Vampyroteuthis ...
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Amen AH! This is cronyism to the core. Don't give me that self-made wealth BS. Next you are going to tell me that the Fed is self-made wealth!

Mon, 11/25/2013 - 15:00 | 4188412 Running On Bing...
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Total BULLSHIT. Your argument cannot be proven by most US citizens, but it's bullshit.


Mon, 11/25/2013 - 15:04 | 4188427 ACP
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Coming soon? Look at the useless Pelosi daughter. A complete loser by any standard, which makes her eligible to be a CA senator.

Got the same crazy eyes too.

Mon, 11/25/2013 - 13:58 | 4188210 DoChenRollingBearing
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An oligarchy in China (the Immortals)  is one more sign of big problems there, with more to come.  Bad demographics, terrible environmental problems.  Big & obscure debts.

America (and even Japan) does not need to worry about China as long as our diplomacy is adroit and not threatening.

Mon, 11/25/2013 - 14:14 | 4188261 Big Brother
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What good are all those billions if you and your fellow citizens have significant bioaccumulations of Cadmium, Nickel, Hexavalent Chromium, Lead, etc in your system; not to mention the particulate size in the air quality is large enough to chew?  Neither you nor the next seven generations will get to enjoy it. 

Mon, 11/25/2013 - 15:06 | 4188432 walküre
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The Chinese elite is buying up US Westcoast real estate because they know, their own soils are fucked beyond repair. In the meantime they keep raking it in over there and the families enjoy a healthier lifestyle from Vancouver (Canada) to San Diego. Lots of 'em in Toronto and New York as well. They bring ponzi yuan of unqualified origin and we sell them land and mansions. That's what Mao was all about.

Mon, 11/25/2013 - 14:15 | 4188262 Big Brother
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What good are all those billions if you and your fellow citizens have significant bioaccumulations of Cadmium, Nickel, Hexavalent Chromium, Lead, etc in your system; not to mention the particulate size in the air quality is large enough to chew?  Neither you nor the next seven generations will get to enjoy it. 

Mon, 11/25/2013 - 15:20 | 4188471 TheGardener
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Their next seven generations will get to enjoy their mutations and poison you just with a despising bitter look as you pass by.

Mon, 11/25/2013 - 14:15 | 4188267 NihilistZero
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In China, 9 out of 10 billionaires are self-made

Since when did getting gifted a factory and contracts from a communist politburo make you a "self made" anything???

Mon, 11/25/2013 - 14:26 | 4188295 ncdirtdigger
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Clearly the definition of 'self made' here is having not killed off your father to 'inherit' his wealth, but rather having killed off millions of your countrymen with pollution.

Mon, 11/25/2013 - 15:04 | 4188418 TheGardener
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Unlike the ethnically succinct oligarchy in Russia you can be sure a lot of heads with the supposedly wrong twist will be chopped off in China and defamation will only be with the condemned.

Mon, 11/25/2013 - 13:57 | 4188211 SeanJKerrigan
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There's no accounting for good taste it would seem.

Mon, 11/25/2013 - 14:04 | 4188223 What you talkin...
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Where in the fuck in China will you be able to get that thing over 30 mph without being stuck in traffic?

Mon, 11/25/2013 - 14:04 | 4188225 robertocarlos
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Ferraris are not very good cars.

Mon, 11/25/2013 - 14:15 | 4188260 oddjob
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They are a great source of revenue if you own a roll deck wrecker.

Mon, 11/25/2013 - 14:15 | 4188263 Spitzer
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Yep. They have the romantic WOP name and all but that's about it. The things catch on fire for no reason almost weekly.I wouldn't own one with at least one 20 pound fire extinguisher on board.


Funny how the Corvette ZR1 has the best record of any production car on Leguna Seca. Faster then anything Mclaren or Ferrari. And the Dodge Viper ACR has the fastest lap time on Nuremburing in Germany.

Mon, 11/25/2013 - 15:30 | 4188506 Variance Doc
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"And the Dodge Viper ACR has the fastest lap time on Nuremburing in Germany."

Not even close.  Check your facts.  Stefan Bellof set the record for fastest lap time at 6 minutes and 25.91 seconds, which remains the official record to this day.  He did that in a Porsche 956.  Watch a video of that - there is a man and machine at the edge.

And Nuremburg is an entirely different city in Germany.  You mean Nurburgring in the Eifel mountains.

Mon, 11/25/2013 - 22:29 | 4189536 post turtle saver
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it's so easy to make a C6 ZR1 track ready and fast it's absurd... come on down to Texas, we'll show you what a fast car is... if Katech were a public company I'd own stock

Mon, 11/25/2013 - 14:05 | 4188232 Glass Seagull
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32 is 47 in China years.

Mon, 11/25/2013 - 14:07 | 4188238 Running On Bing...
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America, the land of opportunity.


Except if you're a member of the tribe.


Mon, 11/25/2013 - 22:31 | 4189540 post turtle saver
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oh give it a rest... I see more Ferrari rides at the car & coffee scene in Austin in one weekend than the average ChiCom will see in their lifetime... most of them are lucky they have a mule

Tue, 11/26/2013 - 08:50 | 4190219 Running On Bing...
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Sounds like The Tribe has taken over Austin. Maybe expanding The Mayor's gun grab.


Mon, 11/25/2013 - 14:07 | 4188243 Trimmed Hedge
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Are the Asian drivers in China as bad as they are in the US?

Mon, 11/25/2013 - 14:08 | 4188244 fockewulf190
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Wonder how many were on the golden path but ended up with an official lead injection into the base of the skull.  

Mon, 11/25/2013 - 14:11 | 4188252 I am Jobe
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China will soon be hiring fat slob Amerikans to work at FOXCONN . You get a bowl of rice bitchezz. 

Mon, 11/25/2013 - 14:39 | 4188344 RafterManFMJ
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Just a bowl of rice, no fish head? Damn, things are worse than I imagined...

Mon, 11/25/2013 - 15:08 | 4188430 Running On Bing...
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In 'merica you get a bowl of Gefilte fish. Mmmmm yummy. Tell your boss this and you will get a promotion up to 'Assembler II' level.

Go juice! Down with China! Round eye slaves are better than slanty eye slaves.


Mon, 11/25/2013 - 16:06 | 4188602 Matt
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Naw, Foxconn is well along the path of replacing it's workforce with robots. How will consumers have money to consume if the robots have all the jobs?

Mon, 11/25/2013 - 14:13 | 4188258 NuYawkFrankie
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Chinese no drive Ferrari - but Fellali

Mon, 11/25/2013 - 14:15 | 4188265 uncle.bigs
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I have a Ferrari and yes they are great cars.  Jealous idiots can go suck it.

Mon, 11/25/2013 - 14:21 | 4188279 oddjob
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I have a Yukon XL, lets meet in a head on and see who is jealous then.

Mon, 11/25/2013 - 14:29 | 4188311 jimmytorpedo
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I'll clean up the mess with my Massey 35 with the bucket on the front.

It's used to being full of horse shit.

Mon, 11/25/2013 - 14:28 | 4188301 robertocarlos
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I'd rather have an Acura cake for my birthday.

Mon, 11/25/2013 - 15:42 | 4188533 James_Cole
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Ferraris have become the midlife crisis vehicle of choice for the wealthy, still nice cars but almost exclusively for lame white guys.

9/10 ferraris I see are lugging around baling 50s white guys trying to recapture their youth lol, usually fat to boot.

You just know they had that ferrari poster up on their wall since they were five haha

Mon, 11/25/2013 - 14:23 | 4188288 ncdirtdigger
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A chinese man, having a shorter life expectancy, should experience his midlife crises at a younger age. Not that tough to figure out.

Mon, 11/25/2013 - 14:29 | 4188308 uncle.bigs
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China Man has small wiener so he needs Ferrari at young age.  Small wiener and skinny ass is not a good way of getting babes even with Ferrari.

Mon, 11/25/2013 - 14:28 | 4188304 ciscokid
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Above 32 buy the Rolls guys....

Mon, 11/25/2013 - 14:31 | 4188313 Pumpkin
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Pffffft, I got mine a long, long time ago.  Unfortunately it looks exactly like the one in the picture.

Mon, 11/25/2013 - 14:32 | 4188320 Derf Scratch
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How many Bernanks can fit in the ash trays?

Mon, 11/25/2013 - 14:54 | 4188388 Inthemix96
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I know a little about performance cars as I own one, (Ford Escort RS).

My mate has recently bought a 1989 Sierra Sapphire 4x4 Cosworth running just over 500hp from its 2 Litre 16v block.  He took me for a blast a week ago, never got a go mind, but fuck ferraris, give me an old fashioned icon over a pretentious knobs over-priced pile of burst into flaminess.

Top it off, you can use them every day and they still work, and by the way, yes, his 'Cossie' is one of the most violent, earth shattering, and dare I say fastest things I have ever sat my arse in.  I damn near shit my pants.


Mon, 11/25/2013 - 15:01 | 4188413 ciscokid
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Sorry mate, a Ferrari is a special car and I love them.

Mon, 11/25/2013 - 15:05 | 4188429 Inthemix96
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Each to their own mate I suppose, ;-)

Nice to look at mind.

I think it must be an age thing.

Mon, 11/25/2013 - 15:09 | 4188445 walküre
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Just don't try sit in one of them if you're over 5'5

No wonder the Chinese love them.

Mon, 11/25/2013 - 15:48 | 4188550 TheGardener
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Don`t you make fun of Latin lover macho man that despite being mamas boy and his having had his cut 7 generations
ago towards the direction of Sicily by way of Levant shortening of his pride...

Mon, 11/25/2013 - 15:13 | 4188462 Variance Doc
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Sorry to burst your bubble, but an F-car is not special anymore.  Cars used to be more challenging to drive fast, e.g. air cooled 911.  Now you have all of the nannies, which cannot be 100% disabled, that take the edge off; and automated gearboxes - WTF?

In many aspects, cars are like women - you don't want one that just falls down, legs open and upwards.  You want a challenge, you want the chase, you want the seduction, and finally the rewards.

Best drivers car - porsche air cooled 911s.  These take a long time to get to know and thus drive fast.  I love my 964 RS America!

Mon, 11/25/2013 - 15:15 | 4188469 Variance Doc
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"...give me an old fashioned icon over a pretentious knobs over-priced pile..."

Well said!

Mon, 11/25/2013 - 15:12 | 4188458 Smegley Wanxalot
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If you get and old air-cooled VW Beetle pan with a good engine and drop about $5k in a fiberglass kit, you can have a Ferarri.

Mon, 11/25/2013 - 15:22 | 4188482 wiseindian
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Ya know... I could never ever afford one, nor would I spend money on one but I don't understand what the big deal is. I did a search on AutoTrader just now and found a Ferrari with a few miles on it listed for 60K. Assume you negotiate down to 55K. That's really not too far off from some brand new models of BMW, Audi, Acura, Lexus


So yeah - if you were a Chinese compensating for a short dick, filthy teeth and not being able to pronounce "r" you could go buy a Fellali using the briefcases full of yuan cash. At 55K it doesn't sound that big of a deal. The article doesn't say these fucks own brand new Fellalis.

Mon, 11/25/2013 - 16:44 | 4188719 post turtle saver
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the Chinese are going to actually live through one of their own sayings...

"wealth does not last beyond three generations"

when 32 y.o. trustee punks are buying Ferraris, you're in the third generation

Mon, 11/25/2013 - 16:51 | 4188753 NihilistZero
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My sincere hope is that when the SHTF in the motherland the recent Chinese immigrants, who thought they bought citizenship buy buying an overpriced stucco shack with their ill gotten gains, get the same treatment as the Japanease Americans got during WW2.  Unlike those poor Japanease fellows these communist party assholes will richly deserve their fate.

Mon, 11/25/2013 - 23:00 | 4189603 Tim_
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Internment of German Americans in the United States during World War II

"The World War II experience of thousands of German Americans, to most, is an unknown. During World War II, the U.S. government and many Americans viewed German Americans and others of 'enemy ancestry' as potentially dangerous, particularly immigrants. The government used many interrelated, constitutionally questionable methods to control persons of German ancestry, including internment, individual and group exclusion from military zones, internee exchanges, deportation, repatriation, 'alien enemy' registration, travel restrictions and property confiscation."

"The human cost of these civil liberties violations was high. Families were disrupted, if not destroyed, reputations ruined, homes and belongings lost. By the end of the war, 11,000 persons of German ancestry, including many American-born children, were interned."

"Pressured by the United States, Latin American governments collectively arrested at least 4,050 German Latin Americans. Most were shipped in dark boat holds to the United States and interned."

Tue, 11/26/2013 - 15:39 | 4191428 Tim_
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Eisenhower's West Point graduating class yearbook identified him as a "terrible Swedish-Jew."

Other Losses: The Shocking Truth Behind the Mass Deaths of Disarmed German Soldiers and Civilians Under General Eisenhower's Command

"More than five million German soldiers in the American and French zones were crowded into barbed wire cages, many of them literally shoulder to shoulder. The ground beneath them soon became a quagmire of filth and disease. Open to the weather, lacking even primitive sanitary facilities, underfed, the prisoners soon began dying of starvation and disease. Starting in April 1945, the United States Army and the French army casually annihilated about one million men, most of them in American camps" (p. xix).

"Eisenhower's hatred, passed through the lens of a compliant military bureaucracy, produced the horror of death camps unequaled by anything in American military history. In the face of the catastrophic consequences of this hatred, the casual indifference expressed by the SHAEF officers is the most painful aspect of the U.S. Army's involvement" (p. xx).

Mon, 11/25/2013 - 16:56 | 4188765 Jack Kreuz
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The average Chinese Ferrari Buyer stole from the average American Ferrari Buyer. The American made the fortune. The Chinese stole it.

Mon, 11/25/2013 - 18:03 | 4188962 Kirk2NCC1701
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Re Avg. American in a Ferrari...
He may not drive with a broken back, but at least he can polish the fenders. You ought to know by now.

Tue, 11/26/2013 - 00:44 | 4189795 monad
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What is the average age of a member of the Chinese unorganized militia?
Anyone can buy a car...

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