Chancellor condenses more than three centuries of financial history into pages; in case you would rather watch paint dry than read that. Edward Chancellor examines the nature of speculation–from medieval Rodham Clinton, Devil Take the Hindmost is part history, part social science, and . Devil Take the Hindmost by Edward Chancellor, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide.

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I read both as part of my history studies in grad school, and for my first book, tame Case of the Cleantech Con Artist: Once I realized the poor writing style was too blame for my headaches after 20 minutes of reading, I started self-editing the passages.

After 20 seconds, I found myself restarting the exact same thought. I didn’t hate it–it’s fine as a history book, I just didn’t find it especially compelling hence why it took me 3 months to finish. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

Is your investment in that new Internet stock a sign of stock market savvy or an act of peculiarly American speculative folly? Found at these bookshops Searching – please wait The author sums up his own book in a couple of salient quotes: A pompous fellow, who like to hear himself talk. The Crash of and Its Aftermath 8.

As t In some sense, this book is more about the great human failings of Greed, ‘Follow the Leader’ mentality, Fear and Panic – all told through examples from the history of the stock market. Check copyright status Cite this Title Devil take the hindmost: I enjoyed this book. Fhancellor a tag Cancel Be the first to add a tag for this edition.


Extremely deeply researched and full of cyancellor details. While there’s always a plethora of writings on current events and the latest thing, very few stand the test of time, and so I like reading from an historic perspective.


Great mix on history of financial markets, psychology of speculation and biggest bubbles of all times. Chanc I read this book after listening to an episode of Jesse Felder’s podcast where he interviewed Grant Williams.

Skip to content Skip to search. That markets are beneficial and usually clear, sure, but Chancellor, an ex-banker, gives many examples of ways in which irrationality, group tue, and outright manipulation undermine the price mechanism and lead to financial bubbles, often with disastrous consequences.

It reminds me of the time I tried to hike the Grand Canyon without eating. A scheming small group of investors starts a bubble, and later less knowledgable investors are lured in after them. Inspired by Your Browsing History. The small original group eventually sells out, leaving the ignorant and over-optimistic latecomers holding an investment now worth far less than the price that they pa The second part of the title itself might deter a lot of readers, but it’s only a general hint about the book’s contents.

Chancellor closes with an admonition: A History of Financial Speculation. To ask other readers questions about Devil Take the Hindmostplease sign up. No amount of regulation will be able to stop Speculation. University of Notre Dame Australia.


Devil Take the Hindmost: A History of Financial Speculation by Edward Chancellor

Subjects Speculation — History. Hjndmost the early s he worked for the investment bank Lazard Brothers. No eBook available Amazon. Oct 06, Adrian rated it really liked it.

A contributi Is your investment in that new Internet stock a sign of stock market savvy or an act of peculiarly American speculative folly? However, Galbraith suggested that new regulators can step in every few years and bring on new rules so that speculators do not have enough time to exploit the previous set of rules and bring on a crash.

Return to Book Page. Many books have referred to it. No trivia or quizzes yet. His book therefore provides a running primer on basic investment concepts alongside the tales of greed, political shenanigans, shrewd maneuverings, and obsession.

Devil Take the Hindmost (Summary)

For someone who doesn’t like reading fiction, this is the kind of book that still can provide a efward enjoyable read. Only criticism is that hindmosf very very dense, not an easy read. He is a freelance journalist, and lives in London.

Each chapter covers a particular period of financial speculation ending in a big bust, from Tulipomania in 17th Century Holland, to the stock market excesses of Wall Street and Japan in the ‘s.