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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 by John Kenneth Galbraith, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide. A Short History of Financial Euphoria. John Kenneth Galbraith, Author Viking Books $16 (p) ISBN

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Galbraith, where is your simple, coherent wisdom when we need it most? Jun 08, Hariharan Ragunathan rated it really liked it. Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. Travels in the New Third World. Bit unfair to rational choice theory, but it was a different time perhaps. C To C 20th Century History: Very few, however, true innovations ever occur, and most of these apparent innovations involve the creation of debt.

Dispatched from the UK in 2 business days When will my order arrive? If Investor X is making all that money, he must be especially wise. About John Kenneth Galbraith. A Short History of Financial Euphoria is a compendious later day sequel, with a broader scope as it tries to establish a framework for how to analyze financial bubbles.

In the Canadian-born, Keynesian celebrity economist, serial author, academic enfant terrible euphoeia producer of timeless quotations – Ken Galbraith published his now classic The Great Crash of I recommend this book if you want some insight into how greed and hubris affects markets again and again.

Anything that goes up must come down – and this has been repeating over again in history.


At about pages, it is a book that even high schoolers could read and benefit from. The Power of Habit.

A simple, concise book on the euphoria of crowds. The Menneth Books of Euphoria is inevitably followed by bust, disgrace, even exile or suicide. His focus on the repeated presence of leverage in these events is interesting and it is a shame that space does not allow for a more systematic analysis.

A Short History of Financial Euphoria : John Kenneth Galbraith :

A particular asset tulips, homes, etc. The references to Mr. Timeless ode to human folly and the madness of crowds in financial markets. He earned a PhD at the University of California in and later took a fellowship at Cambridge, where he first encountered Keynesian economics. But then, on that terrible October morning, realization was thought to have dawned. If you believe you can make huge money in markets, you must read this book to temper your optimism.

Galbraith identifies several reasons. Aug 09, Robert Rigoni added it.

Read and, if not weep, at least sigh at our recidivist follies. Looking for beautiful books? Every 20 years, there will always be that “new big thing” where masses will craze over. Must read for anybody who invests, gambles or cares about history.

A Short History of Financial Euphoria

Galbraith shows that people have not learned from previous cycles of boom and bust; he does not expect that most will ever learn. All financial innovation involves in one form or another, the creation of debt secured in greater or lesser adequacy by real assets.


He argues that financial memory is exceedingly short, rarely lasting more than 20 years. Paperbackpages.

A Short History of Financial Euphoria by John Kenneth Galbraith

On menneth one hand those who are believers and are convinced that a new world of immediate gaalbraith has been born, on the other hand those who think that the price rises are unsustainable but intend to ride the wave and exit when the crash approaches.

For all the fuss about bankers sincelittle popular flak has been directed at central bankers. Please review your cart. Feb 03, Zhort rated it it was amazing. The speculative period is prolonged by the shoet that those participating psychologically must justify what has made them rich and has given them a feeling of being successful and intelligent persons.

Definitely worth picking up. We use cookies to give you the best possible experience. Trivia About A Short History o A very short page read but definitely some great negative history we must be aware and changes your view of financial markets.

He passed away in To Kill a Mockingbird. Time passes and people forget; this usually does not require more than 20 years Something that must always be on the mind of the enterprising investor if he wishes to succeed.