Tulipomania: The Story of the World's Most Coveted Flower & the Extraordinary Passions It Aroused (Paperback)
The Story of the World's Most Coveted Flower & the Extraordinary Passions It Aroused
Broadway Books, 9780609807651, 288pp.
Publication Date: January 30, 2001
Historians would come to call it tulipomania. It was the first futures market in history, and like so many of the ones that would follow, it crashed spectacularly, plunging speculators and investors into economic ruin and despair.
This is the history of the tulip, from its origins on the barren, windswept steppes of central Asia to its place of honor in the lush imperial gardens of Constantinople, to its starring moment as the most coveted--and beautiful--commodity in Europe. Historian Mike Dash vividly narrates the story of this amazing flower and the colorful cast of characters--Turkish sultans, Yugoslav soldiers, French botanists, and Dutch tavern keepers--who were centuries apart historically and worlds apart culturally, but who all had one thing in common: tulipomania.
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Praise For Tulipomania: The Story of the World's Most Coveted Flower & the Extraordinary Passions It Aroused…
"A marvelous parable of greed, skullduggery, opulence, extravagance, and retribution."
--Simon Singh, author of Fermat's Enigma
-- Philadelphia Inquirer
"A delightful read."
-- Wall Street Journal