The End of Alchemy  Money  Banking  and the Future of the Global Economy Book
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The End of Alchemy Money Banking and the Future of the Global Economy


  • Author : Mervyn King
  • Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company
  • Release Date : 2016-03-21
  • Genre: Business & Economics
  • Pages : 368
  • ISBN 10 : 9780393247039

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“Mervyn King may well have written the most important book to come out of the financial crisis. Agree or disagree, King’s visionary ideas deserve the attention of everyone from economics students to heads of state.” —Lawrence H. Summers Something is wrong with our banking system. We all sense that, but Mervyn King knows it firsthand; his ten years at the helm of the Bank of England, including at the height of the financial crisis, revealed profound truths about the mechanisms of our capitalist society. In The End of Alchemy he offers us an essential work about the history and future of money and banking, the keys to modern finance. The Industrial Revolution built the foundation of our modern capitalist age. Yet the flowering of technological innovations during that dynamic period relied on the widespread adoption of two much older ideas: the creation of paper money and the invention of banks that issued credit. We take these systems for granted today, yet at their core both ideas were revolutionary and almost magical. Common paper became as precious as gold, and risky long-term loans were transformed into safe short-term bank deposits. As King argues, this is financial alchemy—the creation of extraordinary financial powers that defy reality and common sense. Faith in these powers has led to huge benefits; the liquidity they create has fueled economic growth for two centuries now. However, they have also produced an unending string of economic disasters, from hyperinflations to banking collapses to the recent global recession and current stagnation. How do we reconcile the potent strengths of these ideas with their inherent weaknesses? King draws on his unique experience to present fresh interpretations of these economic forces and to point the way forward for the global economy. His bold solutions cut through current overstuffed and needlessly complex legislation to provide a clear path to durable prosperity and the end of overreliance on the alchemy of ou

The End of Alchemy Book

The End of Alchemy


  • Author : Mervyn King
  • Publisher : Abacus
  • Release Date : 2017-01-31
  • Genre: Uncategoriezed
  • Pages : 448
  • ISBN 10 : 0349140677

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The past twenty years saw unprecedented growth and stability followed by the worst financial crisis the industrialised world has ever witnessed. In the space of little more than a year what had been seen as the age of wisdom was viewed as the age of foolishness. Almost overnight, belief turned into incredulity. Most accounts of the recent crisis focus on the symptoms and not the underlying causes of what went wrong. But those events, vivid though they remain in our memories, comprised only the latest in a long series of financial crises since our present system of commerce became the cornerstone of modern capitalism. Alchemy explains why, ultimately, this was and remains a crisis not of banking - even if we need to reform the banking system - nor of policy-making - even if mistakes were made - but of ideas. In this refreshing and vitally important book, former governor of the Bank of England Mervyn King - an actor in this drama - proposes revolutionary new concepts to answer the central question: are money and banking a form of Alchemy or are they the Achilles heel of a modern capitalist economy?

Radical Uncertainty  Decision Making Beyond the Numbers Book

Radical Uncertainty Decision Making Beyond the Numbers


  • Author : John Kay
  • Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company
  • Release Date : 2020-03-17
  • Genre: Business & Economics
  • Pages : 407
  • ISBN 10 : 9781324004783

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Much economic advice is bogus quantification, warn two leading experts in this essential book, now with a preface on COVID-19. Invented numbers offer a false sense of security; we need instead robust narratives that give us the confidence to manage uncertainty. “An elegant and careful guide to thinking about personal and social economics, especially in a time of uncertainty. The timing is impeccable." — Christine Kenneally, New York Times Book Review Some uncertainties are resolvable. The insurance industry’s actuarial tables and the gambler’s roulette wheel both yield to the tools of probability theory. Most situations in life, however, involve a deeper kind of uncertainty, a radical uncertainty for which historical data provide no useful guidance to future outcomes. Radical uncertainty concerns events whose determinants are insufficiently understood for probabilities to be known or forecasting possible. Before President Barack Obama made the fateful decision to send in the Navy Seals, his advisers offered him wildly divergent estimates of the odds that Osama bin Laden would be in the Abbottabad compound. In 2000, no one—not least Steve Jobs—knew what a smartphone was; how could anyone have predicted how many would be sold in 2020? And financial advisers who confidently provide the information required in the standard retirement planning package—what will interest rates, the cost of living, and your state of health be in 2050?—demonstrate only that their advice is worthless. The limits of certainty demonstrate the power of human judgment over artificial intelligence. In most critical decisions there can be no forecasts or probability distributions on which we might sensibly rely. Instead of inventing numbers to fill the gaps in our knowledge, we should adopt business, political, and personal strategies that will be robust to alternative futures and resilient to unpredictable events. Within the security of such a robust and resilient reference narrat

John Dee s Conversations with Angels Book

John Dee s Conversations with Angels


  • Author : Deborah E. Harkness
  • Publisher : Cambridge University Press
  • Release Date : 1999-11-13
  • Genre: Body, Mind & Spirit
  • Pages : 276
  • ISBN 10 : 052162228X

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John Dee's angel conversations have been an enigmatic facet of Elizabethan England's most famous natural philosopher's life and work. Professor Harkness contextualizes Dee's angel conversations within the natural philosophical, religious and social contexts of his time philosophy, and the apocalypse, and argues that they represent a continuing development of John Dee's earlier concerns and interests. These conversations include discussions of the natural world, the practice of natural philosophy, and the apocalypse.

The Alchemist Book
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The Alchemist


  • Author : Paulo Coelho
  • Publisher : Perennial Classics
  • Release Date : 2014-04-15
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 208
  • ISBN 10 : 162765657X

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A special 25th anniversary edition of the extraordinary international bestseller, including a new Foreword by Paulo Coelho. Combining magic, mysticism, wisdom and wonder into an inspiring tale of self-discovery, The Alchemist has become a modern classic, selling millions of copies around the world and transforming the lives of countless readers across generations. Paulo Coelho's masterpiece tells the mystical story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure. His quest will lead him to riches far different and far more satisfying than he ever imagined. Santiago's journey teaches us about the essential wisdom of listening to our hearts, of recognizing opportunity and learning to read the omens strewn along life's path, and, most importantly, to follow our dreams."

Disknowledge Book

Disknowledge


  • Author : Katherine Eggert
  • Publisher : University of Pennsylvania Press
  • Release Date : 2015-10-29
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 368
  • ISBN 10 : 9780812247510

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Katherine Eggert explores the crumbling state of humanistic learning in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries and the benefits of relying on alchemy despite its recognized flaws.

The Mysteries of the Great Cross of Hendaye Book
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The Mysteries of the Great Cross of Hendaye


  • Author : Jay Weidner
  • Publisher : Inner Traditions / Bear & Co
  • Release Date : 2003-12-10
  • Genre: Body, Mind & Spirit
  • Pages : 532
  • ISBN 10 : 089281084X

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Decodes the message held by this enigmatic monument, revealing the alchemical secret of time and the fate of humanity.

The Alchemist Book
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The Alchemist


  • Author : Paulo Coelho
  • Publisher : HarperCollins
  • Release Date : 2015-02-24
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 208
  • ISBN 10 : 9780062416216

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The Alchemist Excerpt :

A special 25th anniversary edition of the extraordinary international bestseller, including a new Foreword by Paulo Coelho. Combining magic, mysticism, wisdom and wonder into an inspiring tale of self-discovery, The Alchemist has become a modern classic, selling millions of copies around the world and transforming the lives of countless readers across generations. Paulo Coelho's masterpiece tells the mystical story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure. His quest will lead him to riches far different—and far more satisfying—than he ever imagined. Santiago's journey teaches us about the essential wisdom of listening to our hearts, of recognizing opportunity and learning to read the omens strewn along life's path, and, most importantly, to follow our dreams.

Grave New World Book

Grave New World


  • Author : Stephen D. King
  • Publisher : Yale University Press
  • Release Date : 2018-05-22
  • Genre: Business & Economics
  • Pages : 303
  • ISBN 10 : 9780300240078

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A controversial look at the end of globalization and what it means for prosperity, peace, and the global economic order Globalization, long considered the best route to economic prosperity, is not inevitable. An approach built on the principles of free trade and, since the 1980s, open capital markets, is beginning to fracture. With disappointing growth rates across the Western world, nations are no longer willing to sacrifice national interests for global growth; nor are their leaders able—or willing—to sell the idea of pursuing a global agenda of prosperity to their citizens. Combining historical analysis with current affairs, economist Stephen D. King provides a provocative and engaging account of why globalization is being rejected, what a world ruled by rival states with conflicting aims might look like, and how the pursuit of nationalist agendas could result in a race to the bottom. King argues that a rejection of globalization and a return to “autarky” will risk economic and political conflict, and he uses lessons from history to gauge how best to avoid the worst possible outcomes.

Prophecy  Alchemy  and the End of Time Book

Prophecy Alchemy and the End of Time


  • Author : Leah DeVun
  • Publisher : Columbia University Press
  • Release Date : 2009-03-03
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 272
  • ISBN 10 : 9780231519342

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In the middle of the fourteenth century, the Franciscan friar John of Rupescissa sent a dramatic warning to his followers: the last days were coming; the apocalypse was near. Deemed insane by the Christian church, Rupescissa had spent more than a decade confined to prisons in one case wrapped in chains and locked under a staircase yet ill treatment could not silence the friar's apocalyptic message. Religious figures who preached the end times were hardly rare in the late Middle Ages, but Rupescissa's teachings were unique. He claimed that knowledge of the natural world, and alchemy in particular, could act as a defense against the plagues and wars of the last days. His melding of apocalyptic prophecy and quasi-scientific inquiry gave rise to a new genre of alchemical writing and a novel cosmology of heaven and earth. Most important, the friar's research represented a remarkable convergence between science and religion. In order to understand scientific knowledge today, Leah DeVun asks that we revisit Rupescissa's life and the critical events of his age the Black Death, the Hundred Years' War, the Avignon Papacy through his eyes. Rupescissa treated alchemy as medicine (his work was the conceptual forerunner of pharmacology) and represented the emerging technologies and views that sought to combat famine, plague, religious persecution, and war. The advances he pioneered, along with the exciting strides made by his contemporaries, shed critical light on later developments in medicine, pharmacology, and chemistry.

Hidden City of Alchemy Book

Hidden City of Alchemy


  • Author : Melissa H Coleman
  • Publisher : Balboa Press
  • Release Date : 2020-02-29
  • Genre: Young Adult Fiction
  • Pages : 204
  • ISBN 10 : 9781504321020

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Hidden City of Alchemy is a Steampunk adventure injected with just the right amount of science fiction, romance, and historical fiction, to keep the reader on their toes. A smart and brave heroine with a love for inventing discovers a dangerous family secret in a diary after her mother is kidnapped by German spies. Lizzie must leave London and travel to France while learning the shocking truth about her ancestor and about a chemical which could destroy the world, if it should fall into the wrong hands. AU UPDATE 2.28.2020: “An exciting ride through a steampunk world filled with adventure. Surprises around every corner!” - Madolyn Locke, award-winning author of ‘The Quilt’ Stand-alone steampunk tale from Melissa Coleman 5-star readers favourite award-winning author of A Confabulated Compendium of Anecdotes and The Halfling. Young English woman, Elizabeth Peters has a ski-sloped nose, a hereditary defect from her father’s side. But what is distinguishable about her is her intelligence. She’d rather spend her time inventing gadgets, redesigning engineering contraptions and doing word puzzles than becoming a respectable housewife as her mother wishes. Elizabeth’s world is turned upside down one evening when she arrives home to find the house has been ransacked and her mother missing from her basement workshop – presumably kidnapped by German spies. After sifting through the wreckage, she discovers a dangerous family secret in a peculiar-looking cryptic diary, a strange talking ring and a French man - Albert Bourdillon. Lizzie must leave London and travel to France while learning the shocking truth about the owner of the diary and about a chemical which could destroy the world, if it should fall into the wrong hands. A chemical threat so lethal it could destroy herself, the people she loves and the world. Hidden City of Alchemy is a Steampunk adventure injected with just the right amount of science fiction, romance, and historical fiction, to keep the rea

The Alchemists Book

The Alchemists


  • Author : Neil Irwin
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2014
  • Genre: Banks and banking, Central
  • Pages : 544
  • ISBN 10 : 0755362683

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An unprecedented and important insight into the secret world behind our economy.

Princes of the Yen Book

Princes of the Yen


  • Author : Richard Werner
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2015-03-04
  • Genre: Education
  • Pages : 516
  • ISBN 10 : 9781317462194

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This eye-opening book offers a disturbing new look at Japan's post-war economy and the key factors that shaped it. It gives special emphasis to the 1980s and 1990s when Japan's economy experienced vast swings in activity. According to the author, the most recent upheaval in the Japanese economy is the result of the policies of a central bank less concerned with stimulating the economy than with its own turf battles and its ideological agenda to change Japan's economic structure. The book combines new historical research with an in-depth behind-the-scenes account of the bureaucratic competition between Japan's most important institutions: the Ministry of Finance and the Bank of Japan. Drawing on new economic data and first-hand eyewitness accounts, it reveals little known monetary policy tools at the core of Japan's business cycle, identifies the key figures behind Japan's economy, and discusses their agenda. The book also highlights the implications for the rest of the world, and raises important questions about the concentration of power within central banks.

The Alchemy of Finance Book
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The Alchemy of Finance


  • Author : George Soros
  • Publisher : John Wiley & Sons
  • Release Date : 2015-06-15
  • Genre: Business & Economics
  • Pages : 420
  • ISBN 10 : 0471445495

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New chapter by Soros on the secrets to his success along with a new Preface and Introduction. New Foreword by renowned economist Paul Volcker "An extraordinary . . . inside look into the decision-making process of the most successful money manager of our time. Fantastic." —The Wall Street Journal George Soros is unquestionably one of the most powerful and profitable investors in the world today. Dubbed by BusinessWeek as "the Man who Moves Markets," Soros made a fortune competing with the British pound and remains active today in the global financial community. Now, in this special edition of the classic investment book, The Alchemy of Finance, Soros presents a theoretical and practical account of current financial trends and a new paradigm by which to understand the financial market today. This edition's expanded and revised Introduction details Soros's innovative investment practices along with his views of the world and world order. He also describes a new paradigm for the "theory of reflexivity" which underlies his unique investment strategies. Filled with expert advice and valuable business lessons, The Alchemy of Finance reveals the timeless principles of an investing legend. This special edition will feature a new chapter by Soros on the secrets of his success and a new Foreword by the Honorable Paul Volcker, former Chairman of the Federal Reserve. George Soros (New York, NY) is President of Soros Fund Management and Chief Investment Advisor to Quantum Fund N.V., a $12 billion international investment fund. Besides his numerous ventures in finance, Soros is also extremely active in the worlds of education, culture, and economic aid and development through his Open Society Fund and the Soros Foundation.

Radical Uncertainty Book
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Radical Uncertainty


  • Author : Mervyn King
  • Publisher : Bridge Street Press
  • Release Date : 2021-09-02
  • Genre: Business & Economics
  • Pages : 560
  • ISBN 10 : 0349143994

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