Financial Folly, Religious Frenzy and the Delusions of Crowds

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What do financial folly and religious frenzy have in common? This question has not been carefully explored since Charles Mackay’s spectacular 1852 study, Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds. But, in a recent book, William Bernstein, a well-known economic historian, neurologist, and investment manager, makes the connection even more strongly than Mackay. The title of his book, The …

Michael Lewis on the Unlikely Trio That Defeated the Pandemic

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The saga of local public health officials tasked with fighting epidemic disease, and their clashes with national health authorities who didn’t care, was a perfect recipe for putting readers to sleep. But Michael Lewis made it into high drama. I couldn’t put it down. That’s about the worst opening for a book review that I can think of, but I …