- Shopping Bag ( 0 items )
From Barnes & NobleGold. The very word conjures up a multitude of emotions, ranging from joy to despair, with some avarice and a lust for power kicked in for good measure. How did this precious metal become so historically significant, shaping the destiny of humanity from the dawn of civilization? In The Power of Gold, economic expert and bestselling author Peter L. Bernstein explores the timeless appeal and tremendous impact held by this unique element.
For insights, Bernstein begins with ancient Egypt, where gold was used exclusively for adornment, and the Old Testament, noting Jehovah's command to Moses to decorate his tabernacle with "pure gold." After probing gold's roles in matters both mystical and reverent, he traces its transformation into the practical world of real money without sacrificing any of its allure and magic.
From Midas's fabled woes to the Forty-Niners of the American Gold Rush, The Power of Gold intertwines the story of this universal phenomenon with a resounding morality tale. Spanning the centuries and continents, Bernstein reveals how gold, in its glowing beauty and endurance, offers a glimpse of immortality along with the force to inspire and destroy.
From the glorious art works of the Scythians to the alchemy-devoted Isaac Newton, from the Byzantines to Bretton Woods, The Power of Gold presents a fascinating look at how one metal has changed the world. What is the ultimate price of gold? Peter Bernstein's dazzling book will force you to ponder this question as never before.