The Pursuit of Wealth: The Incredible Story of Money Throughout the Ages of Wealth

The Pursuit of Wealth: The Incredible Story of Money Throughout the Ages of Wealth

by Robert Sobel
     
 
An epic saga that recounts the turbulent history of money. The Pursuit of Wealth is a fascinating 5,000 year journey through the evolution of money and investing. From risk versus return in Mesopotamia through today's rough-and-tumble,high-stakes stock markets,this behind-the-scenes tale will intrigue both financial historians and history-minded investors alike.

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An epic saga that recounts the turbulent history of money. The Pursuit of Wealth is a fascinating 5,000 year journey through the evolution of money and investing. From risk versus return in Mesopotamia through today's rough-and-tumble,high-stakes stock markets,this behind-the-scenes tale will intrigue both financial historians and history-minded investors alike.

Barron's columnist Robert Sobel weaves a richly textured tale of risk and the never ending quest for wealth since the dawn of man. The Pursuit of Wealth - filled with gripping stories,tales of war,and legacies of great fortunes won and lost - is much more than simply a compelling read; it provides valuable insights that can be applied to today's turbulent times.

Money—How it has built nations,destroyed dynasties,and shaped every facet of human history. Mesopotamian farmers used it to irrigate their crops. . . Roman armies to expand Caesar's reach throughout Europe and Africa. . . Incan rulers to build temples and civilizations. . . U.S. industrialists to push the frontiers of corporate achievement.

The Pursuit of Wealth tells the fascinating history of how the desire for money has fueled humankind's greatest achievements—and produced our most profound tragedies. Readers from all walks of life—from academics in search of a compelling narrative to investors and business persons looking for time-tested solutions to age-old dilemmas—will discover how and why money has become inextricably interwined with every thread in the fabric of human history.

Gripping stories and legacies of great fortunes won and lost include: Historical giants like Alexander the Great andNapoleon—and how their battle-honed lessons on wealth and conquest still ring true in today's burgeoning economy; analyses of twelfth century Venetian financial empires that provide stunning parallels and insights into today's global business and investment arena; how modern rules,regulations,and laws of commerce have developed from 5000 B. C. through today's technological battleground—and what to look for next. No single idea has had more impact on the development of human history—and been less understood—than the drive for money.

The Pursuit of Wealth is the first comprehensive investigation into this essential topic. Each page will open your eyes to the startling ways and means of property acquisition throughout history—and provide you with vital clues that can help you understand today's financial world.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780070596139
Publisher:
McGraw-Hill Companies, The
Publication date:
12/01/1999
Pages:
347
Product dimensions:
6.76(w) x 9.55(h) x 1.27(d)

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