Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds. By Charles Mackay. Introduction by Norman Stone. Wordsworth, 1995. 001.9.
This classic catalogue of some of the more outré enthusiasms – speculative, social, religious and just plain daft – serves as a salutary reminder that the follies of mankind are not unique to the modern world. (back cover)
My history with this book: Little to none. Somebody (I forget who) recommended it to me at some time (I forget when) for some reason (I etc.). I checked it out of the library when I was at university out west, but I never did read any part of it.
My history with this copy: Bought it used online a few years ago.
Note: Although I started City of God first, this is the actual “first” book in my library – that is to say, it has the lowest Melvil number and is the first one on the shelf.