The world-renowned economist offers “dourly irreverent analyses of financial debacle from the tulip craze of the seventeenth century to the recent plague. This review of John Kenneth Galbraith’s book “A Short History of Financial Euphoria” documents history’s lessons for financial decision makers. A Short History of Financial Euphoria. John Kenneth Galbraith, Author Viking Books $16 (p) ISBN

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A Short History of Financial Euphoria

The Art of War. Any doubters are perceived as attacking their very person. The writing is clear, concise and often caustic. A particular asset tulips, homes, etc.

Time passes and people forget; this usually does not require more than 20 years Also, Galbraith is entirely right to castigate the quest for ‘the’ person to blame after the bust. His focus on the repeated presence of leverage in these events is interesting and it is a gaobraith that space does not allow for a more systematic analysis.

I’m not sure Mr. At different points in his life he taught at both Harvard and Princeton, and wrote more than forty books on an array of economic topics.

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Second, the price goes up. The assets continue ap A wonderful quick read that can be finished in one sitting.

hisory His books on economic topics were bestsellers in the s and s. A Legacy of Spies. Paperbackpages. Third, this leads to a self-feeding positive loop as the increased prices draw further investors which creates further price increases. Euphoria is inevitably followed by bust, disgrace, even exile or suicide.


The meaning of leverage can be truly understood on reading this book. The speculative period is prolonged by the fact that those participating psychologically must justify what has made them rich and has given them a feeling of being successful and intelligent persons. A quick, witty, slightly sarcastic, entertaining and very informative big-picture view of the remarkably similar and predictable mistakes of collective human behavior that leads to, perpetuates, doesnt notice, and sufers market boom bust sequences.

Short book, quick read but packed with a lot of wisdom. How can people be so willing to get caught up in the mania of speculation when history tells us that a collapse is almost sure to follow?

Galbraith comes down very firmly for the latter, rooting his explanation entirely in group psychology. I don’t know everything about Mr. When the mass hysteria ends there will be new regulation that takes no notice of galbrait fact that the speculative human psyche is ill suited for regulation.

Oct 26, Justin Lee rated it really liked it Shelves: At about pages, it is a book that even high schoolers could read and benefit from. Thinking, Fast and Slow.

A Short History of Financial Euphoria : John Kenneth Galbraith :

Excellent summary of historical financial follies, how greed and envy causes asset bubbles, how the eminent and intelligent were brought down to their knees from it, the specious link between high net worth and fianncial. The general framework in itself is penned down in two initial chapters and in the concluding ending chapter, in total 30 pages. We’re featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book.


Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. Galbrxith flew through this book and it was a big eye-opener. Book ratings by Goodreads.

Oh, and thought his discussion of the first two American central banks, regional politics, and the wildcat banks were quite interesting, but everything discussed is generally in passing; it is a short history after all, and basically just a long essay. More leverage is put on those assets, until leverage levels based on asset value rise to unsustainable levels 6.

The Making of Behavioral Economics. As ever, Galbraith is clear, concise and persuasive: Definitely worth picking up. Jul 21, Kaloyan Roussev rated fo it was amazing Shelves: Anything that goes up must come down – and this has been repeating over again in history.

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