Gold: The Race for the World's Most Seductive Metal

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From the award-winning author of Diamond: A blazing exploration of the human love affair with gold that “combines the engaging style of a travel narrative with sharp-eyed journalistic exposé” (Publishers Weekly, starred review).

In the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, the price of gold skyrocketed—in three years more 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 report from the crime-ridden inferno of the world’s deepest mine, Hart traveled around the world to the sites of the hottest action in gold today, from the biggest new mine in China, to the highly secretive London gold exchange, and the lair of the world’s most powerful gold trader in Geneva, Switzerland. He profiles the leaders of the gold market today, the nature of the current boom, and the likely prospects for the future. From the earliest civilizations, 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. He ends by telling the story of the massive flows of gold that have occurred in the wake of the financial crisis and what the world’s leading experts are saying about the profound changes underway in the gold market and the prospects for the future.

“Compelling, stylish, and impressively researched” (The Boston Globe), Gold is a wonderful historical odyssey with important implications for today’s global economy.
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About the author

Matthew Hart is a veteran writer and journalist, and author of seven books, including the award-winning Diamond. His work has appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, Granta, the London Times, and The Financial Post Magazine. He was a contributing editor of the New York trade magazine Rapaport Diamond Report, and has appeared on 60 Minutes, CNN, and the National Geographic Channel. He lives in New York City.

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Simon and Schuster
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Published on
Dec 3, 2013
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Pages
304
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ISBN
9781451650112
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Language
English
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Genres
Business & Economics / Economic History
Business & Economics / Investments & Securities / Commodities / General
Business & Economics / Investments & Securities / General
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黃金又是如何成為長達數世紀的貨幣標準?又是為何捨棄它?

當金融風暴肆虐之時,黃金又在其中成為什麼樣關鍵的腳色?

在那最深的礦坑底處,每年又有多少的黃金被盜出,成為地下經濟的命脈?


一切答案,唯有《黃金》能為你解答!


2008年金融危機初期,黃金價格飆升——3年內,從每盎司800美元漲到1,900美元——爆發了全球掏金熱,其熱度遠遠超過19世紀。《黃金》(Glod)這本書帶領我們啟航一趟難忘的環球之旅,並透過歷史探究黃金成為左右政權、戰爭與金融走向的貨幣之王的過程。


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