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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster (3 Dec. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451650027
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451650020
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 738,948 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Matthew Hart is a veteran writer and journalist, and author of three books including a history of diamonds, Diamond: The History of a Cold-blooded Affair. He lives in New York. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By I Read, Therefore I Blog VINE VOICE on 5 Feb. 2014
Format: Hardcover
Matthew Hart’s book is an account of the importance that humans have always given to gold and how it rose to become the world’s most precious commodity. It takes in history (including the defeat of the Aztecs and Inca by the conquistadors), economic history (including the abandonment of the gold standard), finance (including the development of the complicated derivative products that shape the current gold market and the effect that this has on price) and politics (including how the Chinese government revived its gold mine operations to improve its economy).

Given the wide scope of the book, it’s inevitable that Hart cannot go into great depth on every topic, but it is surprising how much information he is able to give and because he writes very clearly, it’s easy to follow – especially the complicated finance sections involving derivative products. For me the most interesting sections relate to the abandonment of the gold standard. I found these coherent with Hart explaining complex elements in easy to understand language and he slowly built up the implications for what happened and links it in to the world economic system, culminating in Nixon’s decision to decouple the dollar from gold in the early 1970s and the reasons for the same.

Hart is also good at showing the dangers of gold mining (both physical and environmental) and his account of visiting mines in South Africa and Mongolia are evocative and frightening – in fact, I would have been interested in knowing more about the environmental fall out and what the local people feel about it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Toxoscot on 22 Jan. 2014
Format: Hardcover
After listening to an abridged edition of this book on BBC radio 4:my interest was sparked. It`s a first-class overview of gold mining and the marketing of gold.
I particularly enjoyed the "retold history" of mining for gold. Also, it featured interesting interviews with those in the "know".

Ch 1 features the illegal mining in South Africa.

Ch 2 Gold in relation to the Spanish conquest of the New World.

Ch 3 Gold and other precious metals in the world economy.

Ch 4 discusses Nixon's decision to decouple the dollar from gold.

The fifth chapter is an account of the Carlin Trend in Nevada and the rise of a modern mining industry.

The sixth chapter focuses on the growth of barrack gold.

The seventh chapter moves to China and tells the story both of the Linglong gold mine, and of the history of Chinese gold mining in general.

altogether, this is a good coverage of the subject for the benefit of the insider and the layman.
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Format: Kindle Edition
Gold: The Race for the World's Most Seductive Metal by Matthew Hart is an amazing book about how this precious metal have driven man to commit conquest, murder, and international mayhem. The book shows the history of Gold; from the earliest civilizations over 6,000 years ago to now with emergence of China and their bid to collect as much of this precious metal as they can.

I very much enjoyed this book and have not put it down since I got it. This book is beautifully written and weaves an incredible story of how gold has affected not only us as individuals but it has created or destroyed whole civilizations. I think you will enjoy this book as much as I did.

Thank you for reading my review.
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Very, very nice book. I am enjoying it a lot.
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By luisgar8 on 8 Oct. 2014
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Highly recomendable book
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