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The Power of Gold. The History of an Obsession. Illustrated Edition

  • ID: 2242442
  • Book
  • September 2004
  • 304 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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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Prologue: The Supreme Possession.

1. Get Gold at All Hazards.

2. Midas's Wish and the Creatures of Pure Chance.

3. Darius's 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.

8. The Disintegrating Age and the Kings' Ransoms.

9. The Sacred Thirst.

10. The Fatal Poison and Private Money.

11. The Asian Necropolis and Hien Tsung's 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 Loos e the Golden Anchor.


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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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