The Survival of the Richest

An Analysis of the Relationship between the Sciences of Biology, Economics, Finance, and Survivalism

Non-Fiction - Business/Finance
528 Pages
Reviewed on 06/09/2020
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Author Biography

Dr. Anthony M. Criniti IV (also known as “Dr. Finance”) is known as a major disruptor in the science of finance, revolutionizing the field’s entire academic foundation. He holds a PhD in applied management and decision sciences, with a concentration in finance, from Walden University. He earned his BBA at The George Washington University with a concentration in international business. He earned a master of science in financial services from The American College, where he also obtained prominent financial designations, including Chartered Financial Consultant (CHFC), Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU), Registered Executive Benefit Consultant (REBC), and Registered Health Underwriter (RHU).

Dr. Criniti holds Pennsylvania licenses in fixed annuities, life and health insurance, and real estate. His various professional experiences include work as an investment and a retirement specialist for The Vanguard Group, as a financial planner for several hundred clients, and as a real estate developer.

A native of Philadelphia, Dr. Criniti is a professor at several universities, an active investor in various marketplaces, an explorer, a financialist, a survivalist, and has traveled around the world studying various aspects of finance. He is the author of three acclaimed finance books: The Necessity of Finance (2013), The Most Important Lessons in Economics and Finance (2014), and The Survival of the Richest (2016).

    Book Review

Reviewed by Christian Sia for Readers' Favorite

Dr. Anthony M. Criniti IV’s The Survival of the Richest establishes a direct link between the art of survival and the sciences of biology, economics, and finance. From defining the concept of survival to explaining vital terminologies like life and death, the author clarifies with real-life and historical examples the instinct for survival, and how it drives the quest for wealth. In this book, the author shares insights into the different survival categories and moves on to illustrate the relationship between survivalism and economics and finance. Readers will understand how wealth can become a powerful tool for survival and what the wealthiest can do to not only keep their wealth but to use it to survive. It is in this context that the author explores some of the gruesome acts associated with survival. What is most interesting is how survivalism fits into the perspective of evolution.

The Survival of the Richest is a great book that anyone who wants to understand the power of wealth should read. This book is very enlightening and I particularly enjoyed the author’s take on how to use wealth to survive the different struggles in life. It is well researched and written in an easy-to-read, popular style of writing that is both accessible and engaging. Dr. Anthony M. Criniti IV writes with confidence and fills the work with examples that readers can easily identify and relate to. While it provides ample explanations on survivalism, it also offers great wisdom on wealth management. This book is an eye-opener and a great tool for survival and wealth management, with surprising lessons for readers in every walk of life.

K.C. Finn

The Survival of the Richest: An Analysis of the Relationship between the Sciences of Biology, Economics, Finance, and Survivalism is a work of non-fiction in the business and finance sector, and was penned by author Dr. Anthony M. Criniti IV. The follow-up work to the informative guidebook The Necessity of Finance, this new volume explores in depth the scientific study of the world of economics and its co-dependent relationship with the financial world. With a keen eye on the future of humanity and society as a whole, this thought-provoking work proposes the future of economics and survivalism with some surprising conclusions.

Author Dr. Anthony M. Criniti IV proposes both great and terrible things in the future of humanity, depending on the choices that we make as we move forward in an economically charged and financially minded world. I was impressed to see such consideration for the biological environment of the planet, and the idea of all classes and countries aspiring to wealth in order to further the species and the planet as a whole. It is rare to see such insight and a financial analysis book that goes beyond the simple ideals of individual capitalistic greed. Although the book is highly technical and intelligently written, it has a flow and format which would easily encourage the layperson to engage with its introductory matter and slowly be brought into the central philosophy. Overall, I would certainly recommend The Survival of the Richest to fans of Dr. Criniti’s existing works, but also those seeking to expand their horizons on the true future of economics.

Rabia Tanveer

The Survival of the Richest: An Analysis of the Relationship between the Sciences of Biology, Economics, Finance, and Survivalism by Dr. Anthony M. Criniti IV is the author’s research on how the richest are the strongest to survive. The author also shares the idea that good economics and an understanding of finances are very important for the survival of nations. Dr. Criniti shares hard facts about survival, how the richest are best capable of protecting themselves, and how they are better equipped to tackle hardships. He refers to Charles Darwin’s theory of natural selection and shares how it was misinterpreted. He explains what survival means, how finance plays a role in the survival of the fittest, and how human beings are capable of providing relief and grief to others.

I enjoy Dr. Criniti’s works a lot. He has an incredible knack for researching hard to understand topics and making them digestible to everyone else. The author uses simple language and chooses his words very carefully to make it easier for readers to understand his research and derive sound concepts from it. If a reader like me with zero background in studying finance and economics can find the research informative, the students who are studying finance will find this research very helpful. The author divided the information into 5 parts so as not to overload the reader with information. I find The Survival of the Richest to be a great read for people who want to understand how good finance can be a great way to increase the quality of life.

Vincent Dublado

Following his thought-provoking works such as The Necessity of Finance and The Most Important Lessons in Economics and Finance, Dr. Anthony M. Criniti IV launches his third book that will make you exercise your critical faculties and help you to link evolutionary selection processes and its connection to wealth-building. In The Survival of the Richest: An Analysis of the Relationship Between the Sciences of Biology, Economics, Finance, and Survivalism, he writes with meticulous attention to detail by integrating economics and biology and their connection to survival as well as on the future of humanity. Building upon his two previous works, this third book serves as a roadmap to where the human species is heading, pursuant to the scientific phases of prosperity. This monumental work is divided into five major parts discussing the nature of survival, its relationship to economics and finance, and a call to action on our capability between doing good or evil.

Dr. Criniti treats his subject with dedication and respect. This is not the kind of book that you read in one sitting or skip to read only what you think is necessary. The Survival of the Richest is designed to trigger and challenge your beliefs about survival and will make you rethink the misconception surrounding Hebert Spencer’s “survival of the fittest” phrase as a mechanism for natural selection. This book has been written to inform us how to transmute our inherent capability for greatness into modified prosperity. Think and meditate on the concepts presented herein as you read. The entire subject will unravel and you will connect with Dr. Criniti’s perspective, as this book has stupendous merit that is very evident.

Jamie Michele

The Survival of the Richest: An Analysis of the Relationship between the Sciences of Biology, Economics, Finance, and Survivalism by Dr. Anthony M. Criniti IV is a non-fiction self-help book that offers a compelling look at scientific ties that are not regularly associated with one another. Over the course of five parts, Criniti combines the historical context of survival, its application and roles in a contemporary setting, the evolutionary movement of the four outlined sciences and their indisputable connection, and how the management of wealth is an overwhelming indicator of survival. Criniti then closes with an overview and a series of exhibits to assist in providing the foundation and pieces that assist in confirming the rationale of his hypothesis.

The Survival of the Richest does a good job of highlighting Dr. Anthony M. Criniti's road map in an approachable and comfortable matter. I use the term 'comfortable' only in the style of writing as the content can occasionally be very uncomfortable with its warnings about preparedness, namely, a lack thereof. Coming from a home where a moderate form of prepping was common, more because earthquakes were a constant and the possibility of the mass disruption of basic resources was a genuine prospect, I was able to connect with the portions of the book that specifically addressed these issues. I also enjoyed the sections that zeroed in on anthropology, whether intended by the author or not and how survival has been a continuous trial since the beginning of time. This is a well-composed guide that I believe will be of value to all who read it.

Gurmundeep

The Survival of the Richest by Anthony M. Criniti in his book explains the importance to survival and how it is achieved. Survivalism is a gift of the modern era but in the ancient times, the people used their own techniques for their survival. The author explains survival on the basis of human perspective and also tells its connection with economics, finance, and biology.

The author deeply explains about self preservation which teaches us to fight the struggle to stay alive because without struggle evolution is impossible. Struggle makes us powerful by which one can manage to stay strong in the time of crisis because struggle can lead us towards evolution and prosperity. It is true that a person’s own desire and thought plays a key role in survival. The writer gave an instance of self repair by explaining how a snake sheds its skin, trees are able to repair themselves, and the regeneration of the liver cells in humans. The author mentions, The story of the Donner Party which was written by Stewart gives us the information about how eighty seven people migrated to California and they got stuck and spent their winter season in the Sierras. Many of them suffered from the cold weather in which only forty two were able to struggle in the hard environment. Anthony also gave us the importance of Self defense to increase the chances of survival and he himself learned karate, martial arts, and games which is very useful for all of us. The author explains three main types of survival scenarios which are very interesting.

Anthony clarifies the difference between civilization and wilderness because it tells us where a human being can live and where a human doesn’t survive and the author compared them to the National parks. The author tells the limitations of urban civilization because it is giving rise to rape, abuse, depression, and diseases etc. Civilization brought us many disasters which are bigger than wilderness. I totally agree from my perspective because the development is leading us towards loss too.

Economics and finance part explains the true face of rich people. Wealth has caused big struggles to the people from violence to war. We all need money to live a healthy life but the whole planet as well as nature are essential to stay alive. Money can buy us things but nature is everything. Money can buy us health insurance but we need a good environment around us to stay healthy.

Evolution in simple words is a change which not only occurs in a single organism it occurs in the whole population but the author opposed Darwin's theory because the author believes in both the evolution of an individual and a population. Well! It is completely true because evolution starts from a single individual and then goes in the whole population or community. Natural selection means favoring the better ones such as Darwin finches were selected because of their beak size. The author discusses different types of selection and also proposes a theory known as the evolution of evolution which states the long term success of change in evolution as well as wealth management from a long time.

Humans are responsible for the destruction of our nature because we are responsible for exploitation of the natural resources.

The author deeply explained the consequences of wealth on society because wealth led us toward world war and how humans are responsible for the extinction of species and exploiting the entire planet . That’s why the author named it The Survival Of The Richest because we are actually controlling the lives of other beings even if they are the fittest because humans have a power to control nature by exploiting it in many different ways. Wealthy people focus on making money which is their prosperity but a death for many other lives. The most interesting thing was how the connection between evolution and wealth was explained.

This book is so interesting and it is perfect for everyone. Everything is explained well and the book is more than what I expected. I would definitely recommend this book to those who are interested in knowing the basics of survival because it has a positive impact on me and it has changed my way of looking at things. We should manage to struggle in the hard situations to deal with any type of problem. After reading this book I feel very strong, positive, and confident. I would give 4 out of 4 stars to this book.

- Gurmundeep from OnlineBookClub.org

Khristian Misola

If you are expecting the usual self-help book on Finance with tips on how to spread your investments and stocks, then this is NOT the book for you. Prepare yourself for information overload; you may have to pause at every chapter just to be able to take in one detail from another because I certainly did.

Our author, Dr. Anthony M. Criniti IV, fearlessly tackled a myriad of broad studies from which he arranged into 5 main sections which are further divided into chapters. Each part was able to maximize on its designated subject, making the book systemized and easy to follow for those who are entirely new to topics on survival and finance. His desire is for humanity to realize that wealth management and unification equals quality of life for everyone.

The aim of the book is also for the readers to understand the connection of survivalism to economics and finance, how biological concepts serve as a basis to further understand wealth, and the role of humans in the universe. Indeed, the author has presented very compelling arguments, diagrams to help the reader connect abstract or complicated analysis along with philosophical questions that make you feel both inspired and full of new knowledge. He has encouraged readers to think with the use of hypothetical situations and paradoxes on life, death, and survival.

The whole experience of reading “Survival of the Richest” can be likened to a classroom lecture. Through the wide array of examples and well-researched personal accounts of survivors, I was able to immerse myself in the author’s insistent plea for realistic expectations when it comes to survival. The author takes it upon himself to elaborate further on the said subjects by listing details on historical events intricately, using anecdotes from other literary sources, introducing an assortment of researchers and theories, and reviews on technical terms and its various definitions in order to quell any possible misunderstandings. The chapters also consist of constant reassessment of the events to keep the accounts coherent and memorable.

Despite his good attention to detail, some information can be redundant and some lists can be exhaustive to read. However, I gave this book 4 out of 4 stars since; although the ideas may seem to have very little in common, he was able to unify them in the end with a lasting reminder to the readers on their impact to humanity itself. I truly recommend this literary treasure to those who admire scientific writing and are a fan of historical events, economic and political analysis, and humanitarian efforts.

- Khristian Misola from OnlineBookClub.org

Chege Wanjiku

The survival of the Richest by Dr. Anthony M. Criniti IV is a book that talks about the "relationship between the science of biology, economics, finance and survivalism. The author has done a good research on the depth of economics. The book is written to "various victims of genocides, war and other human atrocities throughout history".

Dr. Anthony M. Criniti IV gives the reader a chance to view survival in all aspects, he fearlessly defines prosperity and shows that the richest are the strongest to survive. They are well equipped to cope with challenges that they face. He says that human beings are capable of providing relief as well as grief upon one another. This book is painfully clear "the goal of drastically revising free-market fundamental is a sorely an overdue project in the economic academy."

The book advocates for the reader to understand the importance of economics and finances and further understand prosperity. It is inspiring as well as knowledgeable, which gives the reader ideas on how to survive. Struggle is necessary in order for evolution to take place. Without struggle it is hard to obtain skills which help attain prosperity. The author talks about how one need to self repair with the multiple chances to survive. He gives an example with a snake which sheds it skin for it to start all over again.

What I love about the novel is that it is written in accelerated pace hence gives the reader courage and desire to continue reading.The tone switches from academic to personal flawlessly which makes the book feel more personal.The emotion walks hand and hand with the academic to produce a compelling but hopeful account of how economics and survivalism works. Also it is relatable to every individual, the reader is kept engaged and identify with the author. I would recommend this book to anyone who has interest in economics and finances. Therefore, I would be happy to rate this book 4 out of 4 stars ! I gave this book this rating because it is easily understood. While I know we all have personally endured some of these trials, the way the book is written made me feel as if it was directed to me.

In conclusion, the book is well researched as it is well written. The editor has done a great job in editing. Reading this book has helped me to appreciate the need to survive. I would read this book again and again; I cannot stop thinking about it!

- Chege Wanjiku from OnlineBookClub.org