Extraordinary Popular Delusions
Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions
By CHARLES MACKAY
Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions is a landmark study of crowd psychology and mass mania and a singular casebook of human folly throughout the ages.
Chronicled here are accounts of swindles, schemes, and scams on a grand scale. Other chapters deal with fads and delusions that have sprung from ideas, beliefs, and causes that still have champions today: the prophecies of Nostradamus, the coming of comets and Judgment Day, the Rosicrucians, and astrology.
The book also surveys controversial people and movements of the past: necromancy, Father Hell and Magnetism, Anthony Mesmer and Mesmerism, the Crusades, sorcery and the burning of witches, not to mention the popularity of murder by slow poisoning.
The reading of the most infamous scams and bubbles detailed in these volumes like the Mississippi  Bubble, The Tulipomania etc are compulsory reading for every investor.
The various chapters on religious superstitions etc also will help the reader in gaining some perspective on the various happenings in todays world.
THE MISSISSIPPI SCHEME
THE SOUTH SEA BUBBLE
POPULAR ADMIRATION FOR GREAT THIEVES
INFLUENCE OF POLITICS AND RELIGION ON THE HAIR AND BEARD
DUELS AND 0RDEALS
THE LOVE OF THE MARVELOUS AND THE DISBELIEF OF THE TRUE
POPULAR FOLLIES IN GREAT CITIES
THE O. P. MANIA
THE THUGS, OR PHANSIGARS
THE WITCH MANIA
THE SLOW POISONERS
THE ALCHYMISTS or, Searchers for the Philosopher's Stone and the Water of Life