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on 12 October 2013
In the light of modern obsessions that have very wide interest and social impact it is quite fascinating to look back at past examples and to do so from a point in time closer to the events than we are today.

Nothing seems to change, except maybe that Charles Mackay, writing at the time the British Victorian success story was still in its early period in terms of social advancement, is able to offer a more clinical analysis of most of the events of known history up to and including his own times then we seem able to find today.

This should be compulsory reading. Or at least most of its chapter's should. One or two may seem a little dated now, at least in the western world, though they still have relevance in some places. Almost involving enough for a 5 star rating as a read ... but not quite, though most of the content is certainly worthy.
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Very interesting book.

Bought Secondhand for £2.98 including postage.

Absolute bargain.
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on 17 December 2013
So many of the mistakes we make these days could have been prevented if the people making them in banking, and any job which requires valuation, had read this book.

The history is fascinating too. A scotsman who made a massive impression on a French king . . . read on.

Go and read it now. Remember to tell everyone about it.
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on 23 January 2015
Excellent, even though written long ago, this was the first of its genre and deserves to read. It putters out towards the end as the author searches for examples. As its also free (thanks folks) there are typos etc but they do not impinge on the enjoyment.
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on 6 July 2011
This is an extract from the book of the same name and covers three episodes: the Mississippi Scheme, The South Sea Bubble and Tulipomania. We've all heard the stories and there's nothing that makes them sink in like the details. These people who get sucked in these delusions are really stupid. There but for the grace of God ....
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on 9 May 2015
Fantastic and fantastical book ,,, can't wait to really get into it ,,,,, thank you, great seller ,,,,
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on 1 October 2017
Great
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on 13 October 2016
great old book
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on 16 November 2016
I dip into this book sometimes, but it is still a very good read.
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on 28 December 2015
A bit vapid
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