Millionaire: The Philanderer, Gambler, and Duelist Who Invented

May 15, 2009|
Millionaire: The Philanderer, Gambler, and Duelist Who Invented by Janet Gleeson
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In the wake of Louis XIV's death, France's government teetered on the brink of bankruptcy. Enter the reformer in the unlikely guise of John Law -- a supremely charming and attractive Scot whose brilliant financial mind had thus far served only to make himself rich at the gaming tables.

In one of the great image makeovers of all time, John Law recharged a devastated French economy, making him one of the most successful men in Europe. When Law founded a New World trading company, the synergistic combination of faith in his ideas and wild reports of the riches to be made in France's vast holdings in America sent the price of its shares through the roof. Investors drunk on dreams of instant wealth gave birth to the first boom-and-bust cycle -- one that created such vast wealth for shareholders that a new term was coined to describe them...millionaires.

Heather's Review

Investors drunk on dreams of instant wealth, irrational exuberance, day traders, real estate worth more by the day, a giant ponzi scheme, a market crash, fortunes wiped out, and an economy in shambles. No, this isn’t a recap of the last 18 months. It is the backdrop to Millionaire, Janet Gleeson’s biography of the 18th century econom...

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ContentsIntroductionA Man ApartGilded YouthLondonThe DuelEscapeThe ExileThe Root of All EvilThe BankKing of Half AmericaFinding the Philosopher's StoneThe First MillionaireMississippi MadnessDescentThe Storms of FateReprieveThe Whirligig of TimeThe Prodigal's ReturnVenetian SunsetEpilogueAcknowledgmentsSourcesBibliographyIndex
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Title:Millionaire: The Philanderer, Gambler, and Duelist Who Invented
Format:Paperback
Product dimensions:304 pages, 7.5 X 5 X 0.8 in
Shipping dimensions:304 pages, 7.5 X 5 X 0.8 in
Published:May 15, 2009
Publisher:Simon & Schuster
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9781439169773

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