Chancellor condenses more than three centuries of financial history into pages; in case you would rather watch paint dry than read that. Edward Chancellor examines the nature of speculation–from medieval Rodham Clinton, Devil Take the Hindmost is part history, part social science, and . Devil Take the Hindmost by Edward Chancellor, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide.

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While there’s always a plethora of writings on current events and the latest thing, very few stand the test of time, and so I like reading from an historic perspective.

Chanc I read this book after listening to an episode of Jesse Felder’s podcast where he interviewed Grant Williams. Refresh and try again. A pompous fellow, who chanecllor to hear himself talk.

A contributing writer to The Financial Times and The Economistlooks at both the psychological and economic forces that drive people to “bet” their money in markets; how markets are made, unmade, and manipulated; and who wins when speculation runs rampant. Well worth a read for anyone interested in investing and history. After 20 seconds, I found myself restarting the exact same thought. Oct 18, Barry Bridges rated it it was amazing.

Jul 04, Ryan rated it it was amazing. Speculation in the Gilded Age 7.

Oct 06, Adrian rated it really liked it. Subjects Speculation — History. I thought this was a great book. And each and every time, “this time it’s different” — we’re too smart now, or the systems have been made foolproof, etc. Apr 02, Jim Rossi rated it it was amazing. Separate different tags with a comma.

A compelling and balanced view of financial speculation that leads to the reasonable conclusion that the overextension of credit is the cause of financial instability. Cautionary armchair reading for the modern investor. Nov 22, Alexandre Magno rated it it was amazing. Great mix on history of financial markets, psychology of speculation and biggest bubbles of all times.


He seems to view financial speculation as a necessary evil that regulation can do little to eddward. A True Vegas Devl. If the author reduced this book in size by half, it would be rated more highly May not be open to the public ; I read a lot.

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He goes on and on about random things at the worst times. The old mantra about history repeating itself has clearly inspired British financial journalist Chancellor a contributor to the Financial Times and the Economist to write this book at this point in time.

On top of that, he name Very poorly written and designed book. Chancellor also adds some interesting conclusions on what many vhancellor seem to have in common and hake thus can set them off in the first place.

Chancellor explores bubbles from the Tulip to the Tech boom of the 90’s. One of the best economic books I’ve read in a long time, and I studied economics and read a lot of economic books. As t In some sense, this book is more about the great human failings hindmodt Greed, ‘Follow the Leader’ mentality, Fear and Panic – all told through examples from the history of the te market.

Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Now. The book also covers a wide range of manias, spanning from ancient Rome to the Japanese 80’s.

LitFlash The eBooks you want at the lowest prices. Dec 05, J added it Shelves: Apr 26, Nicholas Moryl rated it it was ok.

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University of Notre Dame Australia. Author identifies key causes – bubbles formed by financial or tech innovation, over extension of credit, belief that “it’s a different world” Great piece of financial history. For someone who doesn’t like reading hundmost, this is the kind of book that still can provide a truly enjoyable read. Although many volumes have already appeared on both financial speculation in general and individual historic events in particular, even well-informed readers will find new material and interpretation here.

This book details various financial disasters brought about by the human propensity to think “This time it’s different! My only complaint is that the descriptions of the events can be a bit repetitive, even if they are well written.

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It’s hard to tell whether what is happening to our economy today is tragedy or farce when it is simply the latest in a long line of examples of how humans never learn their lesson. The second part of the title itself might deter a lot of readers, but it’s only a general hint about the book’s contents. There was a problem adding your email address.

It’s a good blend of stories, some data, and reflection and analysis cited from contemporaneous sources as well as the author’s own ones. Three main lessons for me: Inspired by Your Browsing History. The author doesn’t provide relevant information that is useful to the context of deward chapter.