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  • Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds and Confusion

  • By: Joseph de la Vega, Charles Mackay, Martin S. Fridon
  • Narrated by: Victor Bevine
  • Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 168
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 135
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 134

Charles Mackay covers many types of delusions, among them financial manias like the South Sea Company bubble of 1711-1720, the Mississippi Company bubble of 1719-1720, and the Dutch tulip mania of the early 17th century. According to Mackay, during this bubble, speculators from all walks of life bought and sold tulip bulbs and even futures contracts on them.

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  • plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose

  • By Darwin8u on 02-13-18

A classic in the real sense of the word.

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Reviewed: 05-08-12

Would you consider the audio edition of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds and Confusion to be better than the print version?

Probably equivalent.

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

It seems this book is timeless.

What does Victor Bevine bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Victor Bevine' reading is very lively.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

It's a book you can read bit by bit, taking time to think about it. Now I want to let it sink in and read it again in a few months.

Any additional comments?

This book makes you see society in a new light, and notice trends around you. Although the vocabulary and the style make it seem ancient, it's still very topical.

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