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5.0 von 5 Sternen A fascinating journey into the mind of humanity
"Evian" is "naive" spelled backwards. I pay $0.88 per 1000 liters for water at my house tap. (And I love the taste!)($3.33/1000 gallons, in case you are not yet metrified.) Many pay a 1000 times this price for Evian. This just proves that naming, packaging and imaging are everything when selling to the "general public".
Given this, the...
Veröffentlicht am 23. Dezember 1997 von Skillman Hunter

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3.0 von 5 Sternen Interesting to read...
I picked up this book on the advice of a friend, and have been rewarded for reading it, though it has not been a painless task. It is a pretty challenging read. However, MacKay weaves many interesting historical yarns about various popular investment schemes and how they drove people into delusionary behavior. Some of the stories are amazing, and certainly humorous...
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A fascinating journey into the mind of humanity, 23. Dezember 1997
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Skillman Hunter (Mission Viejo, California) - Alle meine Rezensionen ansehen
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"Evian" is "naive" spelled backwards. I pay $0.88 per 1000 liters for water at my house tap. (And I love the taste!)($3.33/1000 gallons, in case you are not yet metrified.) Many pay a 1000 times this price for Evian. This just proves that naming, packaging and imaging are everything when selling to the "general public".
Given this, the book "Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Maddness of Crowds" by Charles MacKay describes the major historical crowd delusions up to 1841 when the book was first published. The forward by Bernard Baruch, written in 1932, is alone worth the price of the book. MacKay does not analize crowd psychcology nor attempt to explain why these events occurred - so don't look here for predictions of the next stock market crash. The events are revealed from a purely historical perspective and in great detail. Overall the book is a fascinating journey into the mind of humanity.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Truly a classic!, 17. August 1999
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If you're into investing, sooner or later an investment columnist will mention Extraordinary Delusions as required reading. It's that and more...
Charles Mackay first details France's Mississippi Scheme & England's South Sea Bubble (from the early 1700's). Then he covers the famous Dutch "tulipomania" of the 1600's. These are all enjoyable reports of financial manias and their aftermaths (though the South Sea Bubble chapter dragged on a bit). But the financial reader will be surprised when she realizes she's still only 100 pages into a 700 page book! Mackay proceeds to cover:
Alchemy - 150 pages of exhaustive (& exhausting) detail of hobbyists & serious investors who were convinced they could turn base metals into gold, if only they could find the right ancient recipe & stoke their workshop cauldrons just a little bit hotter.
The Crusades - 100 pages that prove that modern Islamic fundamentalists did not invent the idea of a "holy war". I had no idea the Crusades came out of official harassment of Y1K religious pilgrims! Remember this: If your country is being inundated with religious pilgrims, just try to think of them as a tourist opportunity. You don't want to get them angry!
The Witch Mania - 100pp. This section was unexpectedly chilling. As I read about European witch trials of the 1400s-1600s, I kept thinking of our recent satanic child abuse trials. It's all been done before: The wild unprovable accusations, including eating dead babies; trusting unreliable witnesses specifically BECAUSE of the severity of the charges; False Memory Syndrome. At least the rack & Trial by Ordeal are no longer recognized as valid forensic techniques.
The Slow Poisoners - Murder isn't really murder if you poison the victim slowly enough, is it?
Also covered: Animal Magnetism, Prophecies, Fortune-Telling, Hair & beard fashions in men, catch phrases & slang, Relics, Duels & Ordeals, Haunted Houses, & Popular Admiration of Great Thieves.
At times the book dragged, especially in the chapters I wasn't interested in. (But hey, that's what skimming is for.) So with that caveat, go ahead & get the book. It'll be a great investment of 12 bucks!
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Interesting to read..., 28. Juli 2000
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I picked up this book on the advice of a friend, and have been rewarded for reading it, though it has not been a painless task. It is a pretty challenging read. However, MacKay weaves many interesting historical yarns about various popular investment schemes and how they drove people into delusionary behavior. Some of the stories are amazing, and certainly humorous (for example "patents" being granted for a perpetual motion machine). This book is worth your money, but you're probably not going to read it straight through. It's probably a better "bathroom read"; a few pages at a time over many months.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen An important, engaging, shrewd historical treatise., 7. April 2000
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Charles Mackay's highly recommended Extraordinary Popular Delusions And The Madness Of Crowds was first published in 1841 and studies the psychology of crowds and mass mania throughout history. Mackay included accounts of classic scams, grand-scale madness, and deceptions. Some of these include the Mississippi scheme that swept France in 1720, the South Sea bubble that ruined thousands in England at the same time, and the tulip mania of Holland when fortunes were made and lost on single tulip bulbs. Other chapters deal with fads and delusions that often sprang from valid ideas and causes -- many of which still have their followers today: alchemy and the philosopher's stone, the prophecies of Nostradamus, the coming of comets and judgment day, the Rosicrucians, and astrology. Extraordinary Popular Delusions And The Madness Of Crowds is an important historical treatise that modern readers will find fascinating, engaging, and shrewd as they see how history repeats itself, but that disastrous pitfalls can be avoided by understanding the cycles and patterns of greed based ignorance plays in promoting and perpetuating group hysteria in the fields of business and finance, politics and superstitions.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Boring and Overrated, 12. Juni 1999
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After hearing about this book for a long time, I recently read it. Mackay's book consists of one anecdote after another...for more than 700 pages. It offers very little in the way of analysis and explanations. If you like that kind of book, this one is for you.
I found this book boring and very overrated. I suggest that you skim a copy of this book before you buy it. After skimming it and getting a feel for what it contains, the chances are good you won't bother to buy it.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen No progress in people's gullibility, 17. März 2000
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The author tracks historical mass-mistakes with such clarity that it is easy to see the parallels with the world of today.
As has been noted in other reviews, the current stock market overinflation and collectibles craze are clearly paralleled by previous events. A parallel which I haven't seen in other reviews here is the current 'alien invasion/x-files' obsession with the long running belief in alchemy. The same figures play roles.. the naive believer and the swindling fraud, most prominently.
Our current astrology revival is only the latest wave of belief in this ancient 'art' and homeopathy has much in common with 'animal magnetism.'
I think that every young person, every person should read it to gain an appreciation of the tools we have to sort out the sense from the nonsense as well as a historical perspective on how much human nature has not changed in its eagerness to believe in the face of reason.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen People never change, 21. April 1997
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Remember when you were in 8th grade and a cool saying was making its way around? Knowing the saying made you feel cool. How cool do you feel when you hear that in 18th century London, for four months the word "Coz!" would reduce bystanders to giggling lumps of jello? Why? "Coz!"
Feeling good about the stock market? Can't suffer more than a 20% correction, right? Because all the experts say so. You'll feel so much "better" after learning of the 17th century "tulip" market.
This book teaches you, in hilariously engaging fashion, with a voice speaking across the centuries, that fads are part of the human condition, not a 20th century phenomenon. Read it and learn.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Explaining Net Stock Mania, 17. Juni 1999
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If you want to know why eBay stock was valued at over $25 Billion when the company was only earning $2 million, read this book. If you want to know why America Online stock is valued at over $100 Billion when the company only has sales of $4 billion per year, read this book. If you want to know why someone bid $9 million for a Van Gogh on eBay, which was never verified as a Van Gogh, read this book. (Don't worry though, the bidder can't be found, so it never sold!) If you want to know why amazon.com stock traded at high as $221 a share, when the book value is only 48 cents a share and the company hasn't made a profit yet, READ THIS BOOK!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen VOL I, the 1980 Version is GREAT, 8. Oktober 1998
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I have VOL I from a 1980 re-publication of Mackay's fantastic 1841 original. Would love to get VOL II. But, hey at less than twenty bucks you CAN'T go wrong even if Amazon only provides VOL I. It tells the story of some of the most amazing Mania's of time....man never learns; I expect a DOW 20,000 followed by a DOW 2000 and YOU can see it coming with just VOL I.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Human folly, 6. Mai 2014
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I have to confess, whilst reading the book, I caught myself being excited by the promises/hopes/desires of the alchemist. I was a little bit shocked, because all they had "said" had been what I wanted to hear. Simply because of this experience this book had been a great educational purpose and sums up the theme of the entire book and its various examples and stories.

In other words: What you will find are various forms of creating excitement in people by telling them what they want to hear/believe. The book goes on to show how this excitement creates energy, and how this energy is released after the erected edifice comes down crashing.

I gave 4 stars, because the part on the alchemists was so long. It got to a point, at wich it became tiresome. On the other hand, it helped to catch my own foly as described at the begining.

Be that as it may, it's a good read with a lot of interesting stries, and thus well suited for long flights.
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