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Gold: The Race for the World’s Most Seductive Metal #2020

Gold The Race for the World s Most Seductive Metal From the lost empires of the Sahara to today s frenzied global gold rush a blazing exploration of the human love affair with gold by the award winning author of Diamond From the lost empires of the S

  • Title: Gold: The Race for the World’s Most Seductive Metal
  • Author: MatthewHart
  • ISBN: 9781451650020
  • Page: 371
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Gold: The Race for the World’s Most Seductive Metal By MatthewHart, From the lost empires of the Sahara to today s frenzied global gold rush, a blazing exploration of the human love affair with gold by the award winning author of Diamond.From the lost empires of the Sahara to today s frenzied global gold rush, a blazing exploration of the human love affair with gold by Matthew Hart, the award winning author of DiamondIn the wake of the 200From the lost empires of the Sahara to today s frenzied global gold rush, a blazing exploration of the human love affair with gold by the award winning author of Diamond.From the lost empires of the Sahara to today s frenzied global gold rush, a blazing exploration of the human love affair with gold by Matthew Hart, the award winning author of DiamondIn the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, the price of gold skyrocketed in three years than doubling from 800 an ounce to 1900 This massive spike drove an unprecedented global gold mining and exploration boom, much bigger than the Gold Rush of the 1800s In Gold, acclaimed author Matthew Hart takes you on an unforgettable journey around the world and through history to tell the extraordinary story of how gold became the world s most precious commodity.Beginning with a page turning dispatch from the crime ridden inferno of the world s deepest mine, Hart pulls back to survey gold s tempestuous past From the earliest civilizations, 6,000 years ago, when gold was an icon of sacred and kingly power, Hart tracks its evolution, through conquest, murder, and international mayhem, into the speculative casino chip that the metal has become Hart describes each boom and bust in gold s long story, culminating in the swift and startling emergence of China as the world s new gold titan In writing that Publishers Weekly calls polished and fiery, Hart weaves together history and cutthroat economics to reveal the human dramas that have driven our lust for a precious yellow metal.

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    1. As somebody with a not insignificant position in precious metals, this was a fairly instructive book for me.My bet on metals was, as Hart explains at a certain point in the book, a hedge against the the inherently instability of the current monetary system.The problem is that, while it is an effective hedge, it still carries no inherent value besides what people give it Or, as Hart says at one point, what you are realistically able to redeem in a moment of crisis If the economy collapses in a mo [...]

    2. A good book when you re looking for a light, low stress non fiction read The twelve chapters tell twelve largely independent stories about the history, geology, politics, and economics of gold.What I didn t like 1 Many times during the book the author says something that gives me the impression he s just now learning about all of this stuff himself too Which just doesn t give the non fiction reader much confidence I felt like I knew about some of the information covered than he did What did he [...]

    3. An interesting book that only hints at the seductive nature of gold on the human mind It touches points in history where gold fever ripped apart civilizations and how it is doing that today I see the book as an overview into the mystique of gold Why do we value it so Why do miners keep pulling it out of the ground Gold has only a few industrial scientific uses, many only within the last 10 15 years But gold has captivated people for thousands of years In some societies it was used for adornment [...]

    4. Our collective attitude towards gold is odd Although the stuff has few practical uses and hasn t been linked in any official way to currency since President Richard Nixon took the United States off the gold standard embedded in the Bretton Woods accord, many still view it as a safe place to store wealth If the price of the stuff wasn t so volatile, and if the stuff could be readily exchanged for everyday needs, that might be true But it isn t.Although Hart devotes a few pages to the place of gol [...]

    5. I found this to be a fairly interesting read He looks a bit at the history of how gold was used by other past cultures in an artistic way, or in a sacramental way, and then how it was used as a store for wealth and sought by European explorers He explains how the dollar became the world s reserve currency and at what point the dollar was removed from the gold standard He travels all over the world to gold mining sites which all sounded rather hellish When economic times seem insecure, investors [...]

    6. I picked this up on a bit of a whim, interested in learning a little about South African gold mines, and thinking that the book was entirely about those particular mines The book ended up being much expansive, and it quickly moved up the queue in my reading stack.Hart takes the reader on a journey across all of human history, and examines the social, political, and monetary aspects of gold as well as touching on the physical process of mining I was familiar with the first few gold rushes Hart [...]

    7. When the first chapter of a book is spent translating imperial measurements into metric and working through parochial comparisons between mine depth and Long Island I was concerned this would not be the book I was hoping for As it turned out it got better, but left much to be desired, ironic as that might be considering the topic.The general gist is the modern infatuation with gold, from Spanish conquistadors, the gold standard and the recent spike in gold price it was written before most of the [...]

    8. Read this book with no expectation as such as this arena of gold investing and trading tangentially scratches my daily life Gold in India has always held it s own position commodity of desire for Indian women as jewellery, commodity to depict elitism and of course as commodity of trade Lately government imposed stiff tariff on gold import as high demand for gold in India less of investment and of commodity to possess brought severe financial deficits for the govt Appropriately one daily busines [...]

    9. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, it has been on my Want to Read list for sometime now, and with week away I plunged head first into it The descriptions of underground mining cities plagued by Grey Ghosts or the haze of jungle swamps are truly gripping and at times it felt like I was reading an adventure novel I work in the mining industry and some of the companies mentioned are customers of mine, so I found it interesting to learn about their operations but at the same time to learn abo [...]

    10. Reasonably enjoyable, but a bit of a mishmash at times The author s main interest is in business rivalries and trading systems, and this is the book s main theme In that sense the subtitle The Race for the World s Most Seductive Metal is accurate, since this is mainly about competition between businesses and criminals to control as much of the gold trade as possible I don t know how the author came to choose the particular examples that are featured, but it may have been that he simply chose tho [...]

    11. I really enjoyed this book Granted, part of the reason for that is because I work in and have a Masters in International Politics and International Economics, so international trade, monetary theory, development, risk analysis, investing, etc are all incredibly interesting to me and something that I ve spent years studying, but it s also well written and brings in interesting bits of history, modern industrial mining fascinating , cultural desire for gold, and enormous fluctuations in the value [...]

    12. I got this book from first reads The hook story at the beginning didn t really grab my attention so the book and I got off in the wrong foot It was actually a pretty fun read without being over technical Some of the older history is pretty glossy and doesn t do much in terms of explaining or showcasing our collective fixation on gold but the modern day stuff is written about really engagingly The odd travelogue first person parts really caught me off guard it reminded me a bit of author insert [...]

    13. With so many gushing reviews of this book floating around, there is little purpose in writing another but here are my thoughts 1 The title suggests than it delivers The topic is too vast for its 230 pages of text What you get is a dipstick exploration, titillating, entertaining but ultimately, by no means the whole story The history is a browse at best, there are about three hunt stories and the fever is not explained, only noted.2 The book is best for those who know little about the subject It [...]

    14. Starts with a dramatic chapter about gold mining in South Africa I love how the book is written narrated in a personal way The author is telling us his hands on adventures in gold mines around the globe Also, covering historical aspects such as Spaniards whom thanks to them thousands of years gold art of South America civilizations is forever lost The book covers economical aspects of gold too, introduced smoothly within backing stories of gold discoveries explaining why the economy changed For [...]

    15. I won this book from a GoodReads Giveaway contest.I read Diamond earlier this year and loved it, so I was really looking forward to Gold I was not disappointed Hart is a great writer, moving quickly and clearly through sometimes complicated material financial transactions and the international gold market and managing to craft an educational, wide ranging, but also really exciting story Its easy to make the exotic and dangerous parts of gold mining exciting its been the stuff of adventure stori [...]

    16. This was a very interesting book on gold, the history of gold, gold s effect on mankind, the methods for mining gold, the use of gold as currency and how gold affects crime and political systems The book was well written and was full of amazing facts, many of which I did not know The author of the book, Matthew Hart, has traveled the world to uncover gold s incredible story The book moves along very quickly and does not spend too much time on any one topic If you are looking for an in depth book [...]

    17. Writing in a similar style to Michael Lewis meaty topic, with colorful stories woven in , although not as good a high bar, I admit I learned about how much volatile the gold markets have become since the US dollar decoupled from the gold standard and since derivative trading brought gold selling and buying to the masses Great place to play if you are a hedge fund manager although they get burned too , but maybe not so great for the small investor Worth a quick read if you like that kind of stuf [...]

    18. A history of gold, a metallic substance that drives humans wild and where they ll scour the earth to find it in remote places The author gives us a little history of the Spanish invaders in Peru during the Inca Civilization, as well as gold in California during the Gold Rush As well, he details how gold is extracted from ore with bleaching chemicals such as cyanide and mercury He delves into the financial markets as describing gold as a commodity and how many governments are hording it in their [...]

    19. This gets a 1 star for lacking any positive characteristic of note Exciting topic, timely, important, and we get this turd of a book Incoherent, lacking in any theme or common structure, and completely devoid of voice, character, or spunk There s no meat here at all, just random unconnected ancedotes and dry as the Sahara reporting.Maybe I m jaded as I m an expert in the arena of gold investing, but I d expect to learn at least one or two new things from a feature length book on the subject.

    20. Hart s recounting of the many ways that culture has interacted with and valued Gold is really interesting The places and events that have been impacted by the way that people think of gold is surprising to me It also seems to be unbelievably inefficient Tons of earth processed to get ounces of gold Hart s recounting is educational and fulfilling There is no unifying theme or conclusion for those looking for a philosophical reward at the end, but the history may be value in itself.

    21. Somewhat interesting gold stories through history and now including some obvious stories Inca Gold discovery usually brought misery to the people around the area Only a small fraction of the gold traded are actually used or needed Not really a stable holder of value due to dramatic price volatility Thrives on unstable environment Provides basics background of gold exploration and mining.

    22. 3.5I received the book for free through First Reads I enjoyed this book It provides the reader with an overview of some current and past mining practices, ancient and modern day discoveries of gold deposits, and trading practices fair and unfair The author describes trips during his research, interviews key personalities of the trade and gives some vivid descriptions of historical events in the gold industry.

    23. This book reads like a thriller keeping you informed, engaged, and reading through to the end While not an exhausting treatise, it is packed with great information and really expands your knowledge of the history of gold, the pricing of gold, the current exploration for gold, and even how gold is refined Very worth the read and you will come away with a greater understanding of the process and the thrill of gold, in fact, you may even get gold fever

    24. this is a fascinating microhistory that starts and ends in Africa the beginning with mass, large scale organized criminal mining turning skin grey is much impactful than the anticlimactic ending on conflict mining and Chinese accumulation of mineral rights in the middle are interesting reviews of gold as currency, the mysterious trading in gold today, the geology of gold, and I received the book for free through First Reads.

    25. this is a fascinating microhistory that starts and ends in Africa the beginning with mass, large scale organized criminal mining turning skin grey is much impactful than the anticlimactic ending on conflict mining and Chinese accumulation of mineral rights in the middle are interesting reviews of gold as currency, the mysterious trading in gold today, the geology of gold, and I received the book for free through First Reads.

    26. I think this author got very caught up in his research There are some interesting bits of history, but then there is a huge amount of detail about some very specific gold mining events I was hoping for of an overview I was about 150 pages into this when it came due at the library, so I returned it I don t think I ll check it out to finish it.

    27. This book is a good read, and although I expected it to be somewhat dry, it was interesting the whole way through.It s fairly broad, but I though that an advantage, making it accessible to the common public and a good introduction and jumping off point on the topic I felt the author did extensive research, and gave a great narrative of gold, it s history and it s uses to the present day.

    28. I thought it seemed like a rather random choice of subject matter but the end result is actually a fascinating book, filled with interesting nuggets of information, if you ll excuse the pun full review on my blog madhousefamilyreviews

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