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Mobs, Messiahs, and Markets. Surviving the Public Spectacle in Finance and Politics. Agora Series

  • ID: 2329218
  • Book
  • 432 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Praise for Mobs, Messiahs, and Markets

"This book strikes at the center of conventional wisdom. It is brilliant, deep, and fun to read."
Nicholas Nassim Taleb, author of the legendary investment classic, Fooled by Randomness, and the recent bestseller on probability, The Black Swan

"As fun to read as it is thought–provoking and filled with fascinating insights into how the world really works. It will teach you a proper skepticism as to what we are told by the mainstream media."
John Mauldin, President, Millennium Wave Advisors, LLC author of the New York Times bestsellers, Bull′s Eye Investing and Just One Thing

"Learn about Fed bubbles and make Ben Bernanke unhappy: read this book."
Lew Rockwell, President, the Ludwig von Mises Institute

"A cock–eyed, frolicking hell of a read."
Dr. Mark Skousen, Professor of Economics and Editor, The Worldly Philosophers

"I laughed aloud, I learned, and I was even offended. Behind the crafty writing, the authors share the deeper secrets of investing and push us to question what we believe. ′Think for yourself!′ this book screams."
Steve Sjuggerud, Editor, True Wealth, one of the world′s most widely read investment letters

"Mobs, Messiahs, and Markets is one of the funniest and most entertaining books I have ever read. A classic for the student of the current period in history. If I had to name just one book investors should read, this is the one I would select."
Dr. Marc Faber, world–famous contrarian guru, author of the bestseller, Tomorrow′s Gold, and Editor of the maverick Gloom Boom & Doom Report

"Entertainingly and irreverently investigates the ′do–gooders′ and ′world–improvers′ who stir up mass hysteria, unjustified wars, and financial crises, while at the same time it warns readers how to better protect themselves and their pocketbooks."
Ron Paul, Congressman and Presidential candidate

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Part One: A Critique of Impure Reason.

Chapter 1. Do–Gooders Gone Bad.

Chapter 2. Love in the Time of Viagra.

Chapter 3. The Transit of Venus.

Part Two: Witch Hunts and War Drums.

Chapter 4. The Devil Made Them Do It.

Chapter 5. Words of War.

Part Three: Militant Messiahs.

Chapter 6. War and Remembrance.

Chapter 7. Empire of Delusion.

Chapter 8. Heroes of the Revolution.

Part Four: Flattening the Globe.

Chapter 9. The Number Game.

Chapter 10. The Flat Earth Society.

Chapter 11. What the Yonghy–Bonghy–Bo Didn′t Know.

Part Five: The Bubble Kings.

Chapter 12. Fin de Bubble.

Chapter 13. The Million–Dollar Trailer.

Chapter 14. Central Bank Bamboozle.

Chapter 15. The Mother of the Mother of All Bubbles.

Part Six: Far From the Madding Mob.

Chapter 16. How Not to Be Chumped by Wall Street.

Chapter 17. The Dupe of Hearts.



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" extremely timely irreverent but thought–provoking examination of the goings on in international finance today packs a serious punch." (
The Independent)

"To say that this book is skeptical or contrarian is like saying Warren Buffett has money....entertaining criticism of anything and everything...I read the full 400 pages in just a few days.."–Rob May at Business Pundit (Top 10 business site) http://www.businesspundit.com/50226711/mobs—messiahs—and—markets.php(Nov. 2007)

"...the recent market instability stemming out of subprime woes makes this book extremely timely." (Gulf Business, February 2008)

"Mobs, Messiahs, and Markets by William Bonner and Lila Rajiva is a fascinating work....downright hilarious...a serious look at an important phenomenon in the human condition."– Dr. Jonathan Dolhenty of the highly rated philosophy site, Radical Academy (Oct. 2007)

"a sharp–witted jaunt through the mass hysteria that s defined markets and people through the ages" –Money Week (Sept. 2007)

"William Bonner and Lila Rajiva provide the answers in this exhilarating –– if somewhat depressing –– book. Although their insights will often make readers laugh out loud, they will also find themselves wriggling uncomfortably at the manifold idiocies of human behaviour." –The National Post, Canada (Nov. 07)

"Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles MacKay would be a better choice to begin. Without that context for this book, you′ll find yourself gobbling caviar without knowing what it is." – Donald Mitchell, author of The 2000 Percent Solution, December 18, 2007

"A fascinating book," – Alan Caruba in Book Views, December, 2007

"Mobs, Messiahs, and Markets is a tragi–comedy, full of sharp observations, delivered with equally sharp wit. This book′s dark and disturbing revelations could leave one depressed and disillusioned, were it not so damn funny." –– Adam Bergen at Blog Critics, December 31, 2007

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