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Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the…

Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds

by Charles Mackay

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Whenever struck by campaigns, fads, cults and fashions, the reader may take some comfort that Charles Mackay can demonstrate historical parallels for almost every neurosis of our times. The South Sea Bubble, Witch Mania, Alchemy, the Crusades, Fortune-telling, Haunted Houses, and even 'Tulipomania' are only some of the subjects covered in this book, which is given a contemporary perspective through Professor Norman Stone's lively new Introduction.… (more)
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    Tulipomania : The Story of the World's Most Coveted Flower & the Extraordinary Passions It Aroused by Mike Dash (lorax)
    lorax: Tulipomania is a very readable modern history of one of the more interesting episodes detailed in Extraordinary Popular Delusions, the Dutch tulip bubble of the 1600s.
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    Outbreak! The Encyclopedia of Extraordinary Social Behavior by Hilary Evans (ushishir)
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    Fads and Fallacies in the Name of Science by Martin Gardner (bertilak)

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First published in London in 1841 by Richard Bentley. This edition based on the 1852 London edition with minor corrections.
  LibraryofMistakes | Jan 10, 2019 |
Covers the Mississippi misadventures, south sea bubble and tulip mania. ( )
  jefware | Nov 23, 2017 |
Written in 1841 ( )
  stevholt | Nov 19, 2017 |
describes many examples of folly including 2 wildfire episodes of stock speculation that swept France & England in the early 18 c
  jhawn | Jul 31, 2017 |
describes many examples of folly including 2 wildfire episodes of stock speculation that swept France & England in the early 18 c.
  jhawn | Jul 31, 2017 |
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Baruch, BernardForewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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(To Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions)
"Il est bon de connaître les délires de l'esprit humain. Chaque peuple a ses folies plus ou moins grossiéres."

(To Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds)
N'en déplaise à ces fous nommés sages de Gréce,
En ce monde il n'est point de parfaite sagesse;
Tous les hommes sont fous, et malgré tous leurs soins
Ne different entre eux que du plus ou du moins.


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The object of the Author in the following pages has been to collect the most remarkable instances of those moral epidemics which have been excited, sometimes by one cause and sometimes by another, and to show how easily the masses have been led astray, and how imitative and gregarious men are, even in their infatuations and crimes.
(Preface to edition of 1852)
In reading the history of nations, we find that, like individuals, they have their whims and their peculiarities; their seasons of excitement and recklessness, when they care not what they do.
(Chapter 1)
The personal character and career of one man are so intimately connected with the great scheme of the years 1719 and 1720 that a history of the Mississippi madness can have no fitter introduction than a sketch of the life of its great author John Law.
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Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds is a history of popular folly by Charles Mackay. The book chronicles its targets in three parts: "National Delusions," "Peculiar Follies," and "Philosophical Delusions." Learn why intelligent people do amazingly stupid things when caught up in speculative edevorse. The subjects of Mackay's debunking include alchemy, beards (influence of politics and religion on), witch-hunts, crusades and duels. Present day writers on economics, such as Andrew Tobias, laud the three chapters on economic bubbles.
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