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Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds (Illustrated) [Kindle Edition]

Charles Mackay
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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The frequently quoted classic exposition of the madness and folly of "popular opinion". Extensive discussion about history's most infamous speculative investment bubbles - the Tulipmania, the South Sea Bubble, and more. Additional coverage and debunking of delusions including alchemy, witch-hunts, The Crusades and duels. Present day writers on economics, such as Andrew Tobias, laud the chapters on economic bubbles.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2663 KB
  • Print Length: 114 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003I84MBO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #143,481 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars well worth a look 11 Jun. 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
published in 1841 this book covers a range of delusions that had become fashionable against all reason or common sense. There is for instance The South Sea Bubble-end of the world prophets and things like belief in relics and sections on poisoners and haunted houses and much much more. If you like to pick up a book and open it at random and read a few pages for a bit of entertainment then this is for you. The latter part of the book is concerned with the search for turning base metal into gold. Although at this point it becomes rather more detailed in its subject it is still a good read. The language and idiom is surprisingly modern and easy to read.Finally who could resist a book that t tells you on the title page of volume one, that it is published by Richard Bentley - Publisher in Ordinary To Her Majesty!!!! Recommended.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Content interesting, book format is AWFUL 19 Aug. 2014
Content of the book seems interesting, but this edition feels like a book that has been scanned into a plain text document, and then just reprinted.

The book format is unwieldy - it's uncomfortable to hold, and doesn't fit on a regular shelf. It would be better to have more pages of a smaller size (but I guess Amazon's profit depends on number of pages printed..)

The text is printed in huge blocks of unformatted text, with title headings sometimes appearing as the last line on a page, and words running together.

Quotations are double spaced, but not centred on the page

I am going to try and buy a second-hand version of this book that has actually been editted and typeset with some consideration for the reader
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3.0 out of 5 stars Nice formatting but no illustrations. 10 Nov. 2010
Format:Kindle Edition
You may as well go to Project Gutenberg and download the full text as a .mobi for free, the formatting of that is almost as good as this, and there are no illustrations in either edition.
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3.0 out of 5 stars It was ok. 4 Jun. 2015
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An interesting book. French and other languages are used in the book, without providing the English translation. This became really annoying. Also there is little to no analysis of why humans continue to display 'madness of crowds' - this would have been useful.

I love to read history, so from that point of view it was an interesting read.
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