John Shannon attended colleges in the Boston area majoring in accounting. His first taste of investing came in 1973 during the stock market crash of that time. He opened his first investment account at Merrill Lynch in Burlington, Massachusetts putting all his savings in stocks selling at one dollar a share. Watching the stocks rising in value, and not knowing when to sell, he dusted off his old college economics textbooks and read cover to cover with a greater interest than ever before. After numerous trips to the Harvard Bookstore to purchase used economic textbooks, John spent an average six hours daily in local public libraries reading those and other library economic textbooks, as well as Wall Street Journal, Business Week, and other business periodicals. For a period of over 10 years, between 1973 and 1985, at least 100 economic textbooks were read. Economics and investing became a passion. In 2004, seeing the massive financial problems ahead for America, John turned to writing. This is the fourth book with many more to come. The books are economic, investment, political, and political satire. In the mid-1980s, John was a Registered Investment Advisor.