Manias, Panics and Crashes

Manias, Panics and Crashes

A History of Financial Crises

Book - 2005
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Manias, Panics, and Crashes, Fifth Edition is an engaging and entertaining account of the way that mismanagement of money and credit has led to financial explosions over the centuries. Covering such topics as the history and anatomy of crises, speculative manias, and the lender of last resort, this book puts the turbulence of the financial world in perspective. The updated fifth edition expands upon each chapter, and includes two new chapters focusing on significant financial crises of the last fifteen years.
Publisher: Hoboken, N.J. : Wiley, c2005.
Edition: 5th ed.
ISBN: 9780471467144
Branch Call Number: 338. 542 KIN 2005
Characteristics: viii, 309 p.
Additional Contributors: Aliber, Robert Z.


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Jan 08, 2019

There is a lot of information to wade through in this book. Probably suited for persons with an undergrad degree with at least some economics/finance background. Kindleberger essentially says the bubbles and crashes are the result of enormous expansions of credit and the credit source is 'international' for the most part. He describes the existence of parallel banking as a means of skirting regulations imposed by governments to prevent the greedy and corrupt from repeating the same thing happening in the future. As a history book he covers at least 500 years of financial history so the reading can get a tad tedious at times. This book although more descriptive than prescriptive does in the last chapter opine as to whether or not this may happen again and when. You'll have to read the book to find out how that works out.

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