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  • Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds

  • By: Charles MacKay
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 27 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: History, World
  • 3.9 out of 5 stars (13 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Why do otherwise intelligent individuals form seething masses of idiocy when they engage in collective action? Why do financially sensible people jump lemming-like into hare-brained speculative frenzies - only to jump broker-like out of windows when their fantasies dissolve? We may think that the Great Crash of 1929, junk bonds of the '80s, and over-valued high-tech stocks of the '90s are peculiarly 20th century aberrations, but Mackay's classic - first published in 1841 - shows that the madness and confusion of crowds knows no limits, and has no temporal bounds. These are extraordinarily illuminating, and, unfortunately, entertaining tales of chicanery, greed and naiveté. Essential for any student of human nature or the transmission of ideas.

©2015 Gildan Media, LLC (P)2015 Gildan Media LLC

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  • J.
  • 05-07-2016

People don't change

This book so captures the irrationality of human beings it's a shock to remember that it was written in 1841. It doesn't take much to steer groups of people to actions that go against their interest and defy rational explanation. How else to explain Trump? The sections on John Law and the Dutch tulip mania are Mackay's best remembered studies. Gardner is one of my favorite American narrators.

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  • John Schmidt
  • 17-03-2021

No analysis of the why just the what.

I was looking for a book that gave insights into the why of the human behavior in these instances but this book just seems to be long drawn out stories of the what happened. stopped a few chapters in and will be returning. Not what I thought.

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  • Lee
  • 30-01-2016

a little repetitive

Grover Gardner is always easy to listen to but the book was a little repetitive.

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  • David W.
  • 11-11-2019

Not the book I thought I was buying,

I thought this book was by Douglas Murray's The Madness of Crowds, Wish I could get my money back. .

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  • Zumbujani
  • 25-02-2019

Funny And Informative

It was an epic feat finishing this book but it was so enjoyable. I was listening to this in my walks in the country during the summer and will cherish the laughs it gave me.

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