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Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds

Charles Mackay (1814-1889)

1. 00 – Preface
2. 01 – The Mississippi Scheme, Part 1
3. 02 – The Mississippi Scheme Part 2
4. 03 – The Mississippi Scheme Part 3
5. 04 – The South Sea Bubble. Part 1
6. 05 – The South Sea Bubble, Part 2
7. 06 – The South Sea Bubble
8. 07 – The Tulipomania
9. 08 – The Alchymists, Part 1
10. 09 – The Alchymists, Part 2
11. 10 – The Alchymists, Part 3
12. 11 – The Alchymists, Part 4
13. 12 – The Alchymists, Part 5
14. 13 – The Alchymists, Part 6
15. 14 – The Alchymists, Part 7
16. 15 – The Alchymists, Part 8
17. 16 – The Alchymists, Part 9
18. 17 – The Alchemists – Part 10
19. 18 – The Alchymists, Part 11
20. 19 – The Alchemists Part 12
21. 20 – The Alchymists, part 13
22. 21 – Modern Prophecies, Part 1
23. 22 – Modern Prophecies, Part 2
24. 23 – Fortune Telling Part 1
25. 24 – Fortune Telling, Part 2
26. 25 – The Magnetisers, Part 1
27. 26 – The Magnetizers, Part 2
28. 27 – The Magnetizers, Part 3
29. 28 – The Influence of Politics and Religion on the Hair and Beard

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Summary

The book chronicles and vilifies its targets in three parts: “National Delusions”, “Peculiar Follies”, and “Philosophical Delusions”.The subjects of Mackay’s debunking include alchemy, beards (influence of politics and religion on), witch-hunts, crusades and duels. Present day writers on economics, such as Andrew Tobias, laud the three chapters on economic bubbles.