Publisher description for The power of gold : the history of an obsession / Peter L. Bernstein.

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Counter Praise for Peter Bernstein and the power of Gold "The story of gold-in all its splendor and mythology, its fascinationfor individuals and nations alike. . . . Peter Bernstein is up to the challenge. His spritely exposition is a fine read even as it makes us think and reflect." --Paul A. Volcker, Former Chairman of the Federal Reserve "Admirably written...a wonderfully interesting view;-not alone of gold but of the greater economic history. Like other of his work, it is assured of a wide readership." --John Kenneth Galbraith Professor of Economics Emeritus, Harvard University "This book is a noble treatment of the most noble of elements.The Power of Gold is a brilliant and unexpected taleof three thousand years of a metal as virtual reality." --Steve Jones author, Darwins Ghost: The Origin of Species Updated "Hats off! We are in the presence of a read with such delight in its manner as to pass too quickly over the subtlety of its understanding and the astonishing width and depth of Bernsteins knowledge." --Roger G. Kennedy Director Emeritus, National Museum of American History "...a fascinating story...wittily written, and full of original insights...Peter Bernstein has once more written a brilliant book, both highly instructive and entertaining." --Pierre Keller former senior partner, Lombard Odier & Cie, Geneva

Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: Gold Folklore, Gold History, Gold Social aspects