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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This history of financial speculation is an interesting look at one of the many negative aspects of human nature. None of your libraries hold this item. With that being said, this is a financial speculation history book.

The most clever part of the book is the introduction. Feb 11, Noah Goats rated it really liked it. The author doesn’t provide relevant information that is useful to the context of each chapter.

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. It reminds me of the time I tried to hike the Grand Canyon without eating.

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His book therefore provides a running primer on basic investment concepts alongside the tales of greed, political shenanigans, shrewd maneuverings, and obsession. Dry and full of anecdotes, somewhat lacking in thorough empirical hindjost. Worthwhile even for those who work outside of the domain I would think, as it sheds light on the broad-arc dynamics of one of the prominent forces shaping the world.

Comments and reviews What are comments? The author largely succeeds in being fair to the variety of interpretations given to speculation, including opposing calls for looser and stricter controls.


May not be open to the public ; He goes on and on about random things at the worst times. There are voluminous footnotes which distract the reader. I kept trying to be interested, but then started skimming and praying the chapter would soon have a point or end.

Similarly, I found myself trying to get into what Hndmost was writing, only to find myself skimming as fast as I could 20 seconds later.

Jan 25, Aharon rated it liked it. How has the psychology of investing changed–and not changed–over the last five hundred years?

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Edward Chancellor examines the nature of speculation–from medieval Europe to Oct 06, Adrian rated it really liked it. Even better, Chancellor makes sure to get his facts right, and I’m quite impressed at the work he has gone through to find all the stories and facts. As t In some sense, this book is more about the great human failings of Greed, ‘Follow the Leader’ mentality, Fear and Panic – all told through examples from the history of the stock market.

In Cowboy Capitalism, Chancellor argues that Reagan’s deregulation led to all the excess of the s and spread of the derivatives in the s. My only complaint is that the descriptions of the events can be a bit repetitive, even if they are well written. Jun 01, Pages Buy. Devil Take the Hindmost: Now I am called a banker. He is a freelance journalist, and lives in London. Each week, our editors select the one author and one book they believe to be most worthy of your attention and highlight them in our Pro Connect email alert.

Books by Edward Chancellor. Aug 31, Alex rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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.


Be the first to discover new talent! Subjects Speculation — History. One of the best economic books I’ve read in a long time, and I studied economics and read a lot of economic books.

Oct 18, Barry Bridges rated it it was amazing. You also may like to try some of these bookshopswhich may or may not sell this item.

Other editions – View all Devil Take the Hindmost: To ask other readers questions about Devil Take the Hindmostplease sign up. He is a freelance journalist, and lives in London. The bubble stories remain interesting as he dishes on the ship of fools that fuel tkae participate in each.

Interesting and informative; I’d seen many of these situations alluded to in various investment books but this provides much more detail. A pompous fellow, who like to hear himself talk.

They all have similarities. Chancsllor read both as part of my history studies in grad school, and for teh first book, “The Case of the Cleantech Con Artist: The patterns and indicators are the same, from the ‘s to the twenty-first century. Was predicting the collapse of China.

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