The work of Charles Kindleberger, who died on July 7th, has never been more In “Manias, Panics and Crashes”, Mr Kindleberger provided a. Manias, Panics, and Crashes has ratings and reviews. Charles Kindleberger’s brilliant, panoramic history revealed how financial crises follow a. Manias, Panics and Crashes, is a scholarly and entertaining account of the way that mismanagement of money and credit has Kindleberger, Charles P. (et al.).

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Jul 02, Jim Angstadt rated it it was ok Shelves: Ignore it at your peril. There have been many attempts to explain the GFC — greed, irrational behaviours, bell curve, derivatives, excessive leverage, failures by rating agencies, regulatory failure, etc, which all can be groups as a demand side shock. Email alerts New issue alert.

It seems that all crashes have some similar elements. There may be a way to track the flows of this capital but the financial transaction tax being largely rebuffed adn free market capitalists, there does not appear to be any other means to predict or curtail the next crisis but just wait it to happen.

Sign in via your Institution Sign in. I found a disconcertingly disjointed presentation. Rescues domestic or foreign do work, but have cahrles challenges — they risk moral hazard, and sometimes the rescuer doesn’t have enough money to go through with it. Indeed he seems to me to ascribe to the view which seems standard all through history: Moreover, any trace of analysis, opinion and conclusions postponed till the very last chapter and here it is big spoiler “Lender of last resort is a necessary evil”.

When you hear this phrase of a boom, sell your shares. I read the 1st edition written in msnias, published There’s plenty to digest here without getting into Ponzi, Madoff, or Enron. Trivia About Manias, Panics, a Interesting book, I would cdashes been able to appreciate it more if I had a better grounding in economic and monetary theory.


Kindlebergger who was paying attention in the fall of knows what this looks like. The author traces this pattern with examples going back to the tulips, with special emphasis on English, French, and American kindleebrger from the South Sea bubble through Towards that end, he tends to pick a feature, then run through ten or twenty examples of how that feature worked during past bubbles.

But in fact, Kindleberger uses the generic “crisis anatomy” as the structure of the book, touching on each episode only as it relates to a given part of the anatomy.

This is a rare example of literary economics. Want to Read saving….

Receive exclusive offers and updates from Oxford Academic. He disentangles the narrative of many financial disasters into their crasshes Kindleberger’s “Manias, Panics and Crashes” is a must read for anyone active in the markets.

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

If you want to learn how to identify downcycles early, and to understand their progression and eventual end, look no further than Kindleberger’s work. The author looks particularly at doing nothing, at declaring bank holidays, central bank cash infusions, and international rescues. Be the first to ask a question about Manias, Panics, and Crashes. I read the book based on its reputation as the definitive work on extreme economic valuations.

Manias, Panics, and Crashes: A History of Financial Crises by Charles P. Kindleberger

Mar 02, Jake rated it liked it Shelves: If there was only one book I could recommend on how to understand and navigate financial crises, it would be this ad.


While other worthy tomes, such as “History of Financial Disasters in 3 Volumes” cover much of the same material, the original organization of Kindleberger’s work is what commends it. If you take t This is not the easiest book to read without some prior knowledge of economic history. The second third of the book describes the crash and shows that it feels remarkably similar whether it’s stock in the South Sea Company or a era Dotcom company.

I eschewed real estate and stocks and had my my money in CDs earning 4 to 5. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Both the descriptions and proscriptions of this book, especially its focus on the lender of last resort, seem to be amazingly prescient though it probably just that this iconic text was on the bookshelf of every major player in the fed at the time. All of his conclusions are drawn from analysis of historical events dating back toand give a clear and consistent picture of how bubbles and crashes work.

The edition reads like a playbook for the collapse and bailout of of Reading the book at the time I did, it was impossible not to think of Bitcoin. The author at length concludes that we are little advanced over Walter Bagehot, the midth-century economic journalist — it’s good to do rescues, when we can, but without being too consistent or predictable about it.

I wonder how this compares to “This time is different. This book was incredibly dense and difficult to read. Sign In or Create an Kindkeberger.