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Extraordinary popular delusions and the madness of crowds

Author: Charles Mackay
Publisher: New York : Harmony Books, 1980.
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"Every age has its peculiar folly; some scheme, project, or phantasy into which it plunges, spurred on by the love of gain, the necessity of excitement, or the mere force of imitation," said author Charles Mackay. It was true then in 1841, and it is certainly true now. This informative, funny collection of popular delusions, from Alchemy to Mesmerism, has become a classic--a study of mass manias, crowd behavior, and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Early works
Early works to 1900
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Charles Mackay
ISBN: 0517539195 9780517539194 0517541238 9780517541234
OCLC Number: 5750576
Notes: Originally published in 1841 under title: Memoirs of extraordinary popular delusions.
Description: xxiv, 724 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: The Mississippi Scheme --
John Law; his birth and youthful career --
Duel between Law and Wilson --
Law's escape from the King's Bench --
The "Land-bank" --
Law's gambling propensities on the continent, and acquaintance with the Duke of Orleans --
State of France after the reign of Louis XIV --
Paper money instituted in that country by Law --
Enthusiasm of the French People at the Mississippi Scheme --
Marshal Villars --
Strategems employed and bribes given for an interview with Law --
Great fluctuations in Mississippi stock --
Dreadful murders --
Law created comptroller-general of finances --
Great sale for all kinds of ornaments in Paris --
Financial difficulties commence --
Men sent out to work the mines on the Mississippi, as a blind --
Payment stopped at the bank --
Law dismissed from the ministry --
Payments made in specie --
Law and the regent satirised in song --
Dreadful crisis of the Mississippi Scheme --
Law, almost a ruined man, flies to Venice --
Death of the Regent --
Law obliged to resort again to gambling --
His death at Venice --
The south-sea bubble --
Originated by Harley Earl of Oxford --
Exchange Alley a scene of great excitement --
Mr. Walpole --
Sir John Blunt --
Great demand for shares --
Innumerable "bubbles" --
List of nefarious projects and bubbles --
Great rise in south-sea stock --
Sudden fall --
General meeting of the directors --
Fearful climax of the South-Sea expedition --
Its effects on society --
Uproar in the House of Commons --
Escape of knight --
Apprehension of Sir John Blunt.
Other Titles: Memoirs of extraordinary popular delusions
Responsibility: by Charles Mackay ; with a foreword by Andrew Tobias ; with facsim. title pages and reproductions of original ill. from the editions of 1841 and 1852.

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"Every age has its peculiar folly; some scheme, project, or phantasy into which it plunges, spurred on by the love of gain, the necessity of excitement, or the mere force of imitation," said author Charles Mackay. It was true then in 1841, and it is certainly true now. This informative, funny collection of popular delusions, from Alchemy to Mesmerism, has become a classic--a study of mass manias, crowd behavior, and human folly. The book encompasses a broad range of scams, manias, and deceptions including witch burning and the Great Crusades. Here are the human quirks that created the Mississippi Bubble and Tulipomania--when speculators lost fortunes on a single tulip bulb. Here are the follies and fads that dictated fashion through the ages.

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