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"Underneath the hilarious anecdotes, the elegant epigrams, and the graceful turns of phrase, Kindleberger is deadly serious. The manner in which human beings earn their livings is no laughing matter to him, especially when they attempt to do so at the expense of one another. As he so effectively demonstrates, manias, panics, and crashes are the consequence of an economic environment that cultivates cupidity, chicanery, and rapaciousness rather than a devout belief in the Golden Rule."
from the Foreword to the Fourth Edition by Peter L. Bernstein,
author of Against the Gods and The Power of Gold
Praise for previous editions of Manias, Panics, and Crashes
"Classic...Manias, Panics, and Crashes is a durable guide to meditation: wise, witty, and practical. It is a template against which to measure the latest financial crisiswhatever and whenever that happens to be."
David Warsh, The Boston Globe
Floyd Norris, The New York Times
"[Manias, Panics, and Crashes] is a scholarly account of the way that mismanagement of money and credit has led to financial explosions over the centuries."
Richard Lambert, Financial Times
"What long has been the best history of financial pathologies is now even better. The reader who absorbs Kindleberger's lessons will be prepared to foresee and navigate the financial crises that surely lie ahead. Like a true classic, Manias, Panics, and Crashes is both timely and timeless."
Richard Sylla, Kaufman Professor of Financial History
Stern School of Business, New York University
Having a solid education in the pedagogical practices of history, Kindleberger does for finance what most economists don't usually do (he sites specific examples and references... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Boston suburban dweller
Having an academic and professional background in finance enjoyed reading the book.
The book gives a good perspective of the booms, busts, and financial follies that... Read more
I bought this three years ago and it has shaped my investing greatly. My goal in investing is always to buy low and sell high. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Ben Around&Back
My husband is very happy with this book. He is very interested in financial matters and he really wanted to read this book. He is sure he will enjoy it !Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
The book was very informative about how different bubbles have developed over history. It accounts for all the big bubbles up to that point in time. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Nicholas Roberts
Very good. Should be read together with This time is different and Fault lines to get bigger picture. Read morePublished on May 4, 2012 by Amazon Customer
Ed, and Evelyn's reviews state the case that this text is obscure, and poorly organized. Notwithstanding their valid complaints about the author's prose, and the organization of... Read morePublished on June 12, 2011 by NetPurchaseMan
I did not mind this book because it gave me a good idea about different and important financial events, but there did not seem to be that much depth to this book. Read morePublished on April 3, 2011 by PhilDunfy
Prof.Kindleberger's book is very topical to read at any time in the past or future. Newcomers to stock investing like me have been looking at the boom of the late 1990s, the crash... Read morePublished on November 3, 2010 by Raghu Nathan