The work of Charles Kindleberger, who died on July 7th, has never been more In “Manias, Panics and Crashes”, Mr Kindleberger provided a. Manias, Panics, and Crashes has ratings and reviews. Charles Kindleberger’s brilliant, panoramic history revealed how financial crises follow a. Manias, Panics and Crashes, is a scholarly and entertaining account of the way that mismanagement of money and credit has Kindleberger, Charles P. (et al.).

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This can be disorienting for the reader who is not already familiar with the episodes, which description I imagine fits virtually all readers. If you take t This is not the easiest book to read without some prior knowledge of economic history. Moreover, any trace of analysis, opinion and conclusions postponed till the very last chapter and Anyone who picks up this book hoping it may help make sense of what’s going on in the world and the economy would be bitterly disappointed.

Refresh and try again. It is an eerie foreshadowing of the true mania that seized the country in when the government communicated its intent to effectively free the financial markets of regulatory oversight. The classic economic history of capitalisms record of booms and busts. That being said however, the book does contain a lot of information and obviously the author knows and has done a lot of historical research. Related articles in Google Scholar.

I don’t like the organization of the content by chapters. Mar 02, Jake rated it liked it Shelves: The author is at pains to draw contrasts between his view and either Marxists who assert that all investment and money is a sham or radical neoclassical types who assert that there are no bubbles, investors are always rational and things that look like bubbles and crashes are a misreading of the evidence.

Be the first to ask a question about Manias, Panics, and Crashes. This is more of a supply side shock, which no one has control over after the collapse of the Bretton Woods system. I was in the last class taught by CPK at Tech and count myself very fortunate – the late professor had an insight we have had to relearn painfully in this last financial crisis: American Historical Association members Sign in via society site.


When you hear this phrase of a boom, sell your shares. This book was referred to by another book I’ve been reading.

Manias, Panics, and Crashes: A History of Financial Crises

panifs It is an eerie foreshadowing of the true mania that seized the country kiindleberger when the government communicated its intent to effectively free I read the 1st edition written inpublished I understand that the book has been updated in later editions, the 6th written in May 23, Dylan rated it really liked it. Don’t have an account? If there was only one book I could recommend on how to understand and navigate financial crises, it would be this book.

Was a bit disappointing, most of the book is about events that happened more than years ago, short coverage of the last 80 years.

I recently had cause to re-read this book, and was surprised to be able to observe the connections between historical financial crises and economic events in our current economy. Perhaps the most striking conclusion one can draw from their study is how similar the causes of each wave has been. Econometricians among my friends tell me that rare events such as panics cannot be dealt with by the normal techniques of regression, but have to be introduced exogenously as “dummy variables.

One overall message that seems clear is that borrowing-lending leads to kinleberger and bubbles in real estate, stocks and some weirder assets again and again, there doesn’t seem to be a compelling reason for the insanity to stop either now or any time in the future. Mar 05, Jennifer rated it it was ok Crqshes The author notes that “bank holidays” [and their shorter-timescale equivalent, the trading circuit-breakers] rarely work — those devices leave investors kindleberyer anxious to get out quickly, while they still vrashes, the next time.

They piled on billions of dollars of extra debt the last 10 months trying to become a “too big to fail” bank. When people notice the decline, there’s a feedback loop where everybody wants to sell “before the crowd” — hence, the crash.

There may be a way to track the flows of this capital but the financial transaction tax being largely rebuffed by free market capitalists, there does not appear to be any other means to predict or curtail the next crisis but just wait it to happen. A colleague has offered to provide a mathematical model to decorate the work. Anyway a steady walk through the madness of markets and why free unregulated markets are an insane idea.


Fuld should have gone to prison for that and other things. Jan 06, James rated it it was ok Shelves: Apr 19, Jim Rossi rated it it was amazing. Kindleberger uses Hyman Minsky’s “anatomy” of financial crises to discuss commonalities between a number of different financial panics from different countries at different times in history. With all of the talk about stock market manipulation, derivative fraud, and the imminent collapse of the global economic s I enjoyed this book first as an economics student in my undergraduate college course of study.

Slavery after Rome, — He disentangles the narrative of many financial disasters into their component parts, then works to educate the reader how to identify which phase of the financial cycle the reader finds himself.

I also think some more perspective on why credit bubbles get in This book was referred to by another book I’ve been reading. You’ll definitely need to hit Wikipedia to refresh your macro-economic knowledge– especially at the end of the book, during the discussions of Domestic and International Lenders of Last Resort. Many times it felt like an endless list of historical examples that illustrate an idea. If you want to learn how to identify downcycles early, and to understand their progression and eventual end, look no further than Kindleberger’s work.

But a word of caution to the lay-reader: I still recommend the book, if you are very interested in the topic.

Manias, Panics, and Crashes: A History of Financial Crises by Charles P. Kindleberger

Aug 02, Dale Johnson rated nanias really liked it. If you’re in a rush and want to get the gist, read the last chapter. He clearly knew a lot on the subject, and I generally agreed with his ideas, but I found the way the book was organized hard to follow.

Jul 02, Jim Angstadt rated it it was ok Shelves: This is a rare example of literary economics. A History of Financial Crises. Aug 10, Andrew rated it it was ok.

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