The Power of Gold: The History of an Obsession

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John Wiley & Sons, Dec 13, 2005 - Business & Economics - 304 pages
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Incorporating myth, history and contemporary investigation, Bernstein tells the story of how human beings have become intoxicated, obsessed, enriched, impoverished, humbled and proud for the sake of gold. From the past to the future, Bernstein's portrayal of gold is intimately linked to the character of humankind.

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THE POWER OF GOLD: The History of an Obsession

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

A glittering history of the prominence of gold in the world economy and the human imagination.Bernstein (Against the Odds, 1996, etc.) returns with this engaging tale of golden dreams and grand ... Read full review

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User Review  - mortensengarth - LibraryThing

history of gold? impossible! much better than Greenback - history of US dollar. covers ancient gold fever, gold standard with textbook clarity, dollarization i think, a few more tidbits. concludes (if ... Read full review


The Supreme Possession
1 Get Gold at all Hazards
2 Midass Wish and the Creatures of Pure Chance
3 Dariuss Bathtub and the Cackling of the Geese
4 The Symbol and the Faith
5 Gold Salt and the Blessed Town
6 The Legacy of Eoba Babba and Udd
7 The Great Chain Reaction
11 The Asian Necropolis and Hien Tsungs Inadvertent Innovation
12 The Great Recoinage and the Last of the Magicians
13 The True Doctrine and the Great Evil
14 The New Mistress and the Cursed Discovery
15 Strength and Failure
16 Breaking the Golden Fetters
17 Tearing Loose the Golden Anchor

8 The Disintegrating Age and the Kings Ransoms
9 The Sacred Thirst
10 The Fatal Poison and Private Money

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PETER L. BERNSTEIN combines the zest of a historian with the meticulous analytical powers of an economist. He is the author of seven books in economics and finance, including the best-selling Against the Gods: The Remarkable Story of Risk and Capital Ideas: The Improbable Origins of Modern Wall Street. He is also President of Peter L. Bernstein, Inc., an economic consultancy to institutional investors, which he founded in 1973 after many years of managing billions of dollars in individual and institutional portfolios. He has lectured widely throughout the U.S. and globally and has received the highest honours from his peers in the investment profession.

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