gold the race for the worlds most seductive metal

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Author : Matthew Hart
ISBN : 9781451650020
Genre : Business & Economics
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From the earliest civilizations to today, the award-winning author of Diamond explores the human obsession with this precious yellow metal, which has, since the 2008 financial crisis, more than doubled in price, causing a global gold rush.


Author : Matthew Hart
ISBN : 9781849839709
Genre : History
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Since the 2008 financial crisis the price of gold has sky-rocketed, from around $800 an ounce in August of that year to a peak of around $1700 an ounce. Fortunes have been made, and this has kicked off an unprecedented gold-mining and prospective boom around the world. In this book Matthew Hart takes readers on a journey around the world and through history to tell the story of how gold became the world's most precious commodity, the highlights of its dramatic, tempestuous history, and the behind-the-scenes intrigue of the current boom. He ends this controversial rollercoaster story by revealing what the experts are saying about the profound changes underway in the gold market and the prospects for the future.

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Author : Kenneth S. Stern
ISBN : 0806134399
Genre : History
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First-hand account by trial lawyer for Indian defendants.

The Power Of Gold

Author : Peter L. Bernstein
ISBN : 0471252107
Genre : Business & Economics
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A history of humankind's preoccupation with gold revisits the ancient world, where gold was the absolute standard of wealth, and traces the rocky road to the present.

Growing Up Latino

Author : Harold Augenbraum
ISBN : 0395661242
Genre : Literary Collections
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Features the writing of Sandra Cisneros, Oscar Hijuelos, Rudolfo Anaya, Julia Alvarez, and others

Boom Bust Boom

Author : Bill Carter
ISBN : 9781416987222
Genre : Nature
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From “a first-rate writer in the fascinating tradition of Junger and Krakauer” (Jim Harrison, author of Legends of the Fall), a sweeping account of civilization’s complete dependence on copper and what it all means for people, nature, and the global economy. A SWEEPING ACCOUNT OF CIVILIZATION’S COMPLETE DEPENDENCE ON COPPER AND WHAT IT MEANS FOR PEOPLE, NATURE, AND OUR GLOBAL ECONOMY COPPER is a miraculous and contradictory metal, essential to nearly every human enterprise. For most of recorded history, this remarkably pliable and sturdy substance has proven invaluable: not only did the ancient Romans build their empire on mining copper but Christopher Columbus protected his ships from rot by lining their hulls with it. Today, the metal can be found in every house, car, airplane, cell phone, computer, and home appliance the world over, including in all the new, so-called green technologies. Yet the history of copper extraction and our present relationship with the metal are fraught with profound difficulties. Copper mining causes irrevocable damage to the Earth, releasing arsenic, cyanide, sulfuric acid, and other deadly pollutants into the air and water. And the mines themselves have significant effects on the economies and wellbeing of the communities where they are located. With Red Summer and Fools Rush In, Bill Carter has earned a reputation as an on-the-ground journalist adept at connecting the local elements of a story to its largest consequences. Carter does this again—and brilliantly—in Boom, Bust, Boom, exploring in an entertaining and fact-rich narrative the very human dimension of copper extraction and the colossal implications the industry has for every one of us. Starting in his own backyard in the old mining town of Bisbee, Arizona—where he discovers that the dirt in his garden contains double the acceptable level of arsenic—Bill Carter follows the story of copper to the controversial Grasberg copper mine in Indonesia; to the “ring” at the London Metal Exchange, where a select group of traders buy and sell enormous amounts of the metal; and to an Alaskan salmon run threatened by mining. Boom, Bust, Boom is a highly readable account—part social history, part mining-town exploration, and part environmental investigation. Page by page, Carter blends the personal and the international in a narrative that helps us understand the paradoxical relationship we have with a substance whose necessity to civilization costs the environment and the people who mine it dearly. The result is a work of first-rate journalism that fascinates on every level.

The Twilight Of Sovereignty

Author : Walter B. Wriston
ISBN : UOM:39015021566842
Genre : Information technology.
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The author of Risk and Other Four Letter Words examines instant global electronic information and its impact on humanity, showing that the marriage of global TV, mobile telephones, satellites, and faxes with computers comprises a new geopolitical revolution.

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