Chancellor condenses more than three centuries of financial history into pages; in case you would rather watch paint dry than read that. Edward Chancellor examines the nature of speculation–from medieval Rodham Clinton, Devil Take the Hindmost is part history, part social science, and . Devil Take the Hindmost by Edward Chancellor, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide.

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Mar 02, Maximus rated it really liked it Shelves: My only complaint is that the descriptions of the events can be a bit repetitive, even if they are well written. Devil take the hindmost: How has the psychology of investing changed–and not changed–over the last five hundred years? I didn’t hate it–it’s fine as a history book, I just didn’t find it especially compelling hence why it took me 3 months to finish.

Devil Take the Hindmost (Summary)

A True Vegas Tale. While there’s always a plethora of writings on current events and the latest thing, very few stand the hte of time, and so I like reading from an historic perspective.

About Devil Take the Hindmost Is your investment in that new Internet stock a sign of stock market savvy or an act of peculiarly American speculative folly? Oct 18, Barry Bridges rated it it was amazing. If they act after the crash, they will be blamed for ‘sleeping on their jobs’ and not acting sufficiently in time. Dry and full of anecdotes, somewhat lacking in thorough empirical data.

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DEVIL TAKE THE HINDMOST by Edward Chancellor | Kirkus Reviews

Well worth a read for anyone interested in investing and history. I picked up this book because I’m interested in everything that concerns investing and speculation. Chancellor’s writing style is probably the tye I’ve ever read.

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The story repeats in history following the same pattern. Oct 13, Allen rated it really liked it. To include a comma in your tag, surround the eedward with double quotes.

Devil Take the Hindmost: A History of Financial Speculation by Edward Chancellor

A pompous fellow, who like to hear himself talk. He said that the next wave of speculation always happens when all the effects of the previous bout of speculation fades in popular memory.

Be the first to add this to a edwzrd. Is your investment in that new Internet stock a sign of stock market savvy or an act of peculiarly American speculative folly? I thought, why didn’t his editor do this And each and every time, “this time it’s different” — we’re too smart now, or the systems have been made foolproof, etc. There are voluminous footnotes which distract the reader.

Oct 10, Dmytro rated it really liked it. Speculation in the Gilded Age 7.

Galbraith had written perceptively about it decades ago in his book on ‘Money’. It is difficult for me to imagine someone reading this book and remaining a true believer in the “efficient market hypothesis” the notion that the price of a security at any given time reflects all the available information and only responds to new information rather than the “mood” of the market or manipulations of speculators. Author identifies key causes – bubbles formed by financial or tech innovation, over extension of credit, belief that “it’s a different world” Great piece of financial history.


This book turned out to fit well into the history category – if you’re looking for advanced financial analysis you won’t find it here, although the author clearly knows what he’s talking about. Even better, Chancellor makes sure to get his facts right, and I’m quite impressed at the work he has gone through to find all the stories and facts. If it is a chore for me to read, it means the author wrote poorly. Tags What are tags? Apr 02, Jim Rossi rated it it was amazing.

Chancellor shows how we seem to be unable to stop or even recognize reckless speculation for what it is despite the clear pattern established by history: Media reporter, reviewer, producer, guest booker, blogger.