Gold: A History

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Matthew Hart explores humans' long love affair with gold. 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 spike drove a global gold-mining and exploration boom bigger than the Gold Rush of the 1800s. In Gold: The Race for the World’s Most Seductive Metal, Hart tells how gold became the world’s most precious commodity. 


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Comments [4]

Amy from Manhattan

What I haven't heard is anything about the working conditions of "legal" miners in China & South Africa.

Dec. 19 2013 12:58 PM
antonio from baySide

Speaking of hucksters, is there a governing body which insures the purity of the gold sold via infomercials, internet?

Dec. 19 2013 12:56 PM
jgarbuz from Queens

It's highly unlikely that many new veins of gold will be found in the future, so gold is a reasonably good investment, but in small amounts.

Dec. 19 2013 12:50 PM
antonio from baySide

I know the book is about gold on earth, but given the fact minerals our found everywhere in the universe is there any want to harvest gold elsewhere (i.e. the moon, mars etc).

Dec. 19 2013 12:48 PM

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