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Manias, Panics and Crashes: A History of Financial Crises, Sixth Edition (original 1978; edition 2011)

by Robert Z. Aliber (Author)

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"Manias, Panics and Crashes, is a vivid and entertaining account of the way that mismanagement of money and credit has led to financial explosions over the centuries. Covering such topics as the history and anatomy of crises, speculative manias, and the lender of last resort, this book has been hailed as 'a true classic...both timely and timeless.' In this new, updated fifth edition, Kindleberger and Aliber expand upon the ideas presented in the previous edition, and include two new chapters on the real estate price bubble that occurred in Norway, Sweden and Finland at the end of the 1980s, and the three asset price bubbles that occurred between 1985 and 2000 in Japan and other Asian countries. Selected as one of the best investment books of all time by the Financial Times, Manias, Panics and Crashes puts the turbulence of the financial world in perspective. "--… (more)
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Manias, Panics, and Crashes: A History of Financial Crises by Charles P. Kindleberger (1978)

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Quite an unusual book. Instead of taking crises case by case, the author divides them on stages and gives a very detailed description of what happened on this or that stage, what are the similarities. This is a rare example of literary economics. It can be a very nice reference book but reading it is a bit hard ( )
  Oleksandr_Zholud | Jan 9, 2019 |
The book is regarded as a classic on the history of financial meltdowns similar to the 2008-09 global economic crisis. The author recounts bubbles and crashes over several centuries. The bottom line from his analysis is that the existence of a lender of last resort (like the IMF today) helps dampen and reduce the frequency of crashes. The author's style is informal and often witty. But understanding the content requires a lot of knowledge about banking and finance. In other words, the book often put me to sleep. ( )
1 vote Mandarinate | Jul 25, 2014 |
It is possible that I am just extraordinarily stupid about money. It is also possible that, even when they are writing for a lay audience, economists are extraordinarily poor at conveying information. When pages full of what appears to be information nevertheless fail to convey any concrete meaning I suspect one of two possibilities. (well three in fairness, if the 'I am too stupid to get this' option must be retained) Either the basic knowledge to make sense of the subject is just not there--for examples talk of genetics before Mendel; or these who understand what is going on have some reason for not wanting others to understand. In any case, I just didn't finish this book.
1 vote ritaer | Aug 12, 2012 |
I gave five stars to the third edition. The fifth edition (isbn 0471467146) has Robert Aliber as coauthor. ( )
  johnclaydon | Oct 14, 2009 |
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"Manias, Panics and Crashes, is a vivid and entertaining account of the way that mismanagement of money and credit has led to financial explosions over the centuries. Covering such topics as the history and anatomy of crises, speculative manias, and the lender of last resort, this book has been hailed as 'a true classic...both timely and timeless.' In this new, updated fifth edition, Kindleberger and Aliber expand upon the ideas presented in the previous edition, and include two new chapters on the real estate price bubble that occurred in Norway, Sweden and Finland at the end of the 1980s, and the three asset price bubbles that occurred between 1985 and 2000 in Japan and other Asian countries. Selected as one of the best investment books of all time by the Financial Times, Manias, Panics and Crashes puts the turbulence of the financial world in perspective. "--

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