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The Speculation Economy

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The Speculation Economy by Lawrence E. Mitchell
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Nov 10, 2008 | ISBN 9781576756287

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“A fascinating account of the early 20th century emergence of a stock-market-oriented economy.”

“The fullest and most persuasive account of the origins of the modern corporate myopic emphasis on the almighty quarterly bottom line, and of the emergence of everyman (and woman) as speculator. Equally valuable are the insights into the early efforts to address the growing power of corporations and the men who dominated them.”
—Maury Klein, Business History Review

“Mitchell has successfully constructed a highly engaging book about a fundamental but somewhat unexplored period in U.S. financial market history.” —Carola Frydman, Journal of Economic History

“Mitchell’s writing is graceful, comprehensive, and persuasive that as significant as the story of trusts and the trustbusters has been, the rise of finance capitalism and ultimately its federal coordination through such agencies as the Federal Reserve System and the Securities and Exchange Commission may be even more important.”
—Joel Seligman, President, University of Rochester, and author of The Transformation of Wall Street.

“Lawrence Mitchell’s new work is full of fresh insight… Anyone interested in the development of our modern financial markets will be richly rewarded by a careful reading.”
—Harvey J. Goldschmid, Dwight Professor of Law, Columbia University, former Member, United States Securities and Exchange Commission

Table Of Contents

Chapter One: The Principal of Cooperation
Chapter Two: Sanctuary
Chapter Three: Transcendental Value
Chapter Four: The New Property
Chapter Five: The Complete Whole
Chapter Six: Much Ado About Nothing
Chapter Seven: Panic and Progress
Chapter Eight: The Speculation Economy
Chapter Nine: The End of Reform
Chapter Ten: Manufacturing Securities
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