Gaurav Parikh’s Choice of Books on ‘Booms and Busts’

Sr

Title

Author

Publisher

Year First Published

 What’s it about

 

1

 

Traders Guns & Money

 

Satyajit Das

 

Pearson Education

 

2007

 

It is impossible to make staggering amounts of money in Derivatives honestly

 

 

2

 

Running Money

 

Andy Kessler

 

Harper Collins

 

2005

 

Insider’s Tale through witty and whacky stories on big stakes Investing

 

 

3

 

guns,germs and steel

 

Jared Diamond

 

Vintage

 

1998

 

Why History unfolded so differently on different continents dividing the world between haves and have-nots

 

 

4

 

Bull !

 A History of the Boom and Bust,1982-2004

 

Maggie Mahar

 

Harper Collins

 

2004

 

Begins with the Intriguing Prologue on Young and Blond,Henry Blodget, the Internet Stocks Wizard who went from Darling to Damned 

 

 

5

 

Irrational Exuberance

 

Robert J Shiller

 

Currency Doubleday…a Division of Random House

 

 

 

 

2005

 

Brilliant Research and Data Interpretation on House pricing that supported the  development of  a Theory of Bubbles…a theory that can be applied to  any speculative market 

 

6

 

Dirty Money

 BCCI: The Inside Story of the World’s Sleaziest Bank

 

Mark Potts,

Nicholas Kochan

and

Robert Whittington

 

 

National Press Books

 

1992

 

True Story of how a Financial Institution turned into a haven for terrorist gangs,arms merchants,drug dealers and sleazy dictators….how a criminal agenda laundered drug money,financed arm deals,peddled influence,bribed politicians,defrauded depositors and sponsored spies

 

 

7

 

Conspiracy of Fools

A True Story

 

Kurt Eichenwald

 

Broadway Books

 

2005

 

A Mind Boggling True Story of Enron…of the lies,scams and ineptitude behind the spectacular scandal that imperiled a presidency,destroyed a marketplace and changed Washington and Wall Street forever

 

 

8

 

Fool’s Gold

 

Gillian Tett

 

Little,Brown

 

2009

 

Were the bankers mad? Blind? Evil? Or were they simply grotesquely greedy? Well over a decade before the collapse of Lehman Brothers in 2008,bankers gathered for a legendary off site weekend that fueled derivative ideas that led to the biggest financial crisis since 1930s

 

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