Prologue: The Supreme Possession. A METAL FOR ALL SEASONS. Get Gold at All Hazards. Midas's Wish and the Creatures of Pure Chance. Darius's Bathtub and the Cackling of the Geese. The Symbol and the Faith. Gold, Salt, and the Blessed Town. The Legacy of Eoba, Babba, and Udd. The Great Chain Reaction. The Disintegrating Age and the King's Ransoms. The Sacred Thirst. THE PATH TO TRIUMPH. The Fatal Poison and Private Money. The Asian Necropolis and Hien Tsung's Inadvertent Innovation. The Great Recoinage and the Last of the Magicians. The True Doctrine and the Great Evil. The New Mistress and the Cursed Discovery. The Badge of Honor. The Most Stupendous Conspiracy and the Endless Chain. THE DESCENT FROM GLORY. The Norman Conquest. The End of the Epoch. The Transcending Value. World War Eight and the Thirty Ounces of Gold. Epilogue: The Supreme Possession? Notes. Bibliography. Index.
PETER L. BERNSTEIN combines the zest of a historian with the meticulous analytical powers of an economist. He is the author of seven other books on economics and finance, including the bestsellers Against the Gods: The Remarkable Story of Risk and Capital Ideas: The Improbable Origins of Modern Wall Street. Bernstein is President of Peter L. Bernstein, Inc. He established the firm in 1973 as economic consultants to institutional investors and publisher of Economics & Portfolio Strategy, a semi-monthly newsletter. He lectures widely throughout the United States and abroad and has received the highest honors from his peers in the investment profession.
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