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Looking for books on Bubbles - in recent memory.


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Hey guys!

 

I'm looking for books about Bubbles, Euphorias and Manias of recent history. I've read The Big Short and really enjoyed it.

 

I'm primarily looking to read about the Internet Bubble and the Junk Bond Bubble - if you have any suggestions about the books - please shout out!

 

Cheers.

 

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At a more technical and theoretical (scholarly?) level, there's the work of Princeton Economist Markus Brunnermeier:

http://scholar.princeton.edu/markus/

 

whose work covers bubbles as well as financial crises and systemic risk.  The writing isn't nearly as entertaining or readable as Michael Lewis or George Loewenstein, unfortunately.

 

There's also some discussion of Soros's reflexivity idea in Andrei Shleifer's book Inefficient Markets.

 

Animal Spirits by Akerlof and Shiller is interesting.

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

 

Devil Take the Hindmost

 

A Short History of Financial Euphoria

 

Tulipmania

 

Panic of 1819

 

The Panic of 1907

 

The Great Crash of 1929

 

The Go-Go Years

 

Bull: A History of the Boom and Bust, 1982-2004

 

Speculative Contagion

 

Mr. Market Miscalculates

 

A Decade of Delusions

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Gustave Le Bon's The Crowd: A Study of the Popular Mind.

 

This isn't as much as history of bubbles (let alone recent bubbles), but a primer on mass psychology. It talks about how crowds form, think and how leaders are selected, etc. It's still applicable to modern times as humans haven't changed much in the last 100 years. You can probably get a used copy on Amazon for a few dollars. I found it to be worth my time to read it.

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