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Author: Charles Kindleberger Narrator: Robert O’Keefe Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2013 ISBN: 9781440744808
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Selected as one of the best investment books of all time by the Financial TimesManias, Panics, and Crashes puts the turbulence of the financial world in perspective. Here is a vivid and entertaining account of how reckless decisions and a poor handling of money have led to financial explosions over the centuries.

In this updated edition of his most popular work, Charles Kindleberger presents a detailed study of nearly every major financial upset throughout history. From the Holy Roman Empire’s currency devaluation of 1618 to the stock market crash of 1987, this history is a highly enjoyable and supremely informative listening experience.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Underneath the hilarious anecdotes, the elegant epigrams, and the graceful turns of phrase, Kindleberger is deadly serious. The manner in which humans beings earn their livings is no laughing matter to him, especially when they attempt to do so at the expense of one another. As he so effectively demonstrates, manias, panics, and crashes are the consequence of an economic environment that cultivates cupidity, chicanery, and rapaciousness rather than a devout belief in the Golden Rule.”

    Peter L. Bernstein

  • Manias, Panics, and Crashes is a scholarly account for the way that mismanagement of money and credit has led to financial explosions over the centuries.”

    Financial Times

  • “A comprehensive history of financial crises.”


  • “[A] classic history of financial crises.”

    New Statesman

  • “Charles Kindleberger has written, with great polish and style, an analysis of the stages of financial crises over the last two and a half centuries.”

    Economic Journal

  • “An entertaining and easily accessible book, filled with fascinating historical vignettes.”

    Charles Goodhart, London School of Economics

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About the Author

Charles P. Kindleberger, (1910-2003) was an economic historian who advanced the study of international finance and helped to devise the Marshall Plan for Europe’s reconstruction after World War II. He became famous for introducing the idea that global markets could not fully regulate themselves, and that, instead, leadership was essential to contain monetary crises. He moved to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1948, where he started as an associate professor and retired in 1976 as the Ford International Professor of Economics. During his tenure, he was a consultant to the federal government several times, and in 1985 was president of the American Economic Association.

Professor Kindleberger wrote dozens of books, including a landmark textbook on international economics. He also wrote an autobiography, The Life of an Economist, in 1991.He died in 2003 at the age of ninety-two.