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- DescriptionAn unscrupulous Englishman had the tion for a company that would establish a lucrative trade in silver and spices between England and the Americas. What the investors didn't kw was that the South Sea Company barely owned a ship. In this gripping account, Malcolm Balen reveals the true story of how a simple stock-share scheme became a Dickensian web of political and financial intrigue that threatened to overturn two monarchies and topple the British government. Set in the mazy back alleys of the newly inaugurated financial districts of 1720s London and Paris, The King, the Crook, and the Gambler is a lively, fast-paced, and surprisingly epic history of how the South Sea Bubble escalated into a catastrophe that made the fortunes of few and the ruin of many -- and has proved the model for every financial bubble since.
- Author BiographyMalcolm Balen is the author of a much praised biography of Kenneth Clarke. With a degree in History from Cambridge, he is currently editor of ITN’s Carlton news, having previously worked as editor of the BBC Nine O’Clock news and for Channel 4.
- Author(s)Malcolm Balen
- PublisherHarperCollins Publishers
- Date of Publication01/05/2004
- SubjectRegional History
- Place of PublicationLondon
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintFourth Estate Ltd
- Content Note15 b&w photographs
- Weight222 g
- Width136 mm
- Height203 mm
- Spine15 mm
- Edition StatementAmerican ed
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