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Devil Take The Hindmost - Edward Chancellor


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  • 8 months later...

I read a similar book a while ago: Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds. Old book, but a classic and very enjoyable. I found the chapter on the tulip mania to be the most interesting (probably because I am Dutch). Some epic stories about the madness:

 

The increasing mania contributed several amusing, but unlikely, anecdotes that Mackay recounted, such as a sailor who mistook the valuable tulip bulb of a merchant for an onion and grabbed it to eat. The merchant and his family chased the sailor to find him "eating a breakfast whose cost might have regaled a whole ship's crew for a twelvemonth". The sailor was jailed for eating the bulb.

 

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