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Money Mania: Booms, Panics, and Busts from Ancient Rome to the Great Meltdown
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Money Mania is a sweeping account of financial speculation and its consequences, from ancient Rome to the Meltdown of 2008. Acclaimed journalist and investor Bob Swarup tracks the history of speculative fevers caused by the appearance of new profitable investment opportunities; the new assets created and the increasing self-congratulatory euphoria that drives them to unsustainable highs, all fed by an illusion of insight and newly minted experts; the unexpected catalysts that eventually lead to panic; the inevitable crash as investors scramble to withdraw their funds from the original market and any other that might resemble it; and finally, the brevity of financial memory that allows us to repeat the cycle without ever critically evaluating the drivers of this endless cycle.
In short, it is the story of what makes us human.
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Money Mania is a sweeping account of financial speculation and its consequences, from ancient Rome to the Meltdown of 2008. Acclaimed journalist and investor Bob Swarup tracks the history of speculative fevers caused by the appearance of new profitable investment opportunities; the new assets created and the increasing self-congratulatory euphoria that drives them to unsustainable highs, all fed by an illusion of insight and newly minted experts; the unexpected catalysts that eventually lead to panic; the inevitable crash as investors scramble to withdraw their funds from the original market and any other that might resemble it; and finally, the brevity of financial memory that allows us to repeat the cycle without ever critically evaluating the drivers of this endless cycle.
In short, it is the story of what makes us human.
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      • source: Paul Tudor Jones, founder of the Tudor Investment Corporation and the Robin Hood Foundation
      • content: Money Mania presents a rigorously researched history packed with great stories and insights. Swarup takes the reader through a fascinating and thought provoking analysis of emotional biases, money, credit and social complexity. Financial manias and panics are a rhythmic feature of the collective human experience, with societal consequences correlated to the degree of economic integration and financialization. The vexing question for every serious investor today is whether our uniquely complex modern society is at risk of another systemic crisis. Money Mania is a timely, well written reminder that this question should be given renewed priority.
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      • content: London-based cosmologist, investment manager, and journalist Swarup takes a very long view of the economic cycles that define both modern and ancient societies. He traces the same foibles of human nature that caused financial disaster in the Roman Empire to those that contributed to the most recent global economic woes. While it may seem that Swarup's training as a physicist gives him a deeper understanding of cosmic cycles than traditionally trained economists, it's his analysis of the human elements that make his work so compelling and comprehensible, as he expertly surfs the crests and troughs of the economy and examines the behavior that contributes to the bumpy ride. VERDICT If Swarup's analysis didn't hit so close to home, this title would be a cozier read. His analysis points out that ordinary citizens are often as much to blame for financial crises as inanimate financial forces or regulatory mismanagement. But the book is well worth reading for its engaging and long-reaching investigation of what fuels money mania and why it matters.
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        January 15, 2014
        Cosmologist-turned-investment manager and journalist Swarup trades investigations of the heavens to pursue something much more down to earth, mining 25 centuries of financial crises and bubbles. The results are unimpressive. The author sets out "to understand why crises occur with such regularity and why we never seem to learn." He concedes that the view that all crises are bad is "too simplistic" and that they "evolve down different routes." For historical continuity, he tracks the relation between money, which represents "a leveraging of human emotions," and psychology. Swarup focuses on excesses and shortages of money as causes. During the early years of the Roman Empire, Emperor Augustus governed his empire with loose money policies, and his successor, Tiberius, caused a depression when he tightened the reins on the monetary system. The author then examines a series of such expansions and contractions throughout history--e.g., the Lehman bankruptcy crisis of 2008, the Japanese deflation of the 1990s, Dutch tulip-mania of the 17th century and several others. Swarup's evaluative efforts rely heavily on his discussion of money. He is a monetarist who believes that "money is a commodity" and has an intrinsic value of its own, which can be traded. Like the followers of Friedrich Hayek, his reference points are provided by unqualified freedom for markets combined with a minimalist consideration of the lawful functions of government. In real life, neither extreme is ever encountered in its pure form. Thus he supports virtual monies like Bitcoin or the Linden of Second Life. The author doesn't accept that the differences also undermine his own attempt to unify the disparate cases and that pop psychology and trendy behavioral economics don't fill the void. There are many good books on this subject; this is not one of them.

        COPYRIGHT(2014) Kirkus Reviews, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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        February 15, 2014

        London-based cosmologist, investment manager, and journalist Swarup takes a very long view of the economic cycles that define both modern and ancient societies. He traces the same foibles of human nature that caused financial disaster in the Roman Empire to those that contributed to the most recent global economic woes. While it may seem that Swarup's training as a physicist gives him a deeper understanding of cosmic cycles than traditionally trained economists, it's his analysis of the human elements that make his work so compelling and comprehensible, as he expertly surfs the crests and troughs of the economy and examines the behavior that contributes to the bumpy ride. VERDICT If Swarup's analysis didn't hit so close to home, this title would be a cozier read. His analysis points out that ordinary citizens are often as much to blame for financial crises as inanimate financial forces or regulatory mismanagement. But the book is well worth reading for its engaging and long-reaching investigation of what fuels money mania and why it matters.--Carol Elsen, Univ. of Wisconsin Whitewater Libs.

        Copyright 2014 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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