Gold: Inside the Race for the World's Most Seductive Metal

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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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Matthew Hart is a veteran writer and journalist, and author of three books including a history of diamonds, Diamond: The History of a Cold-blooded Affair. He lives in New York.

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“From deep within the gold mines of South Africa and China to corporate boardrooms, from miners and thieves to body guards and gold traders, Hart ( Diamond, 2001) offers a fascinating look at the geology, geopolitics, and economics of gold.” ( Booklist)

“With remarkable clarity, Hart reveals our historical and economic relationship with this beguiling metal... Hart’s deceptively breezy book examines a simple mineral that the human mind has transformed into something so much more complicated.” ( Publishers Weekly (starred))

“In his absorbing book Gold, Matthew Hart looks at the precious metal both as a mineral … and as an idea that has evolved in dizzyingly strange ways through the millenniums.” ( Columbus Dispatch)

“[A]n impressionistic portrait of an industry that blends history, science, colorful character sketches, and lively firsthand accounts of the author’s travels” ( The Daily Beast)

“[E]ngaging and rollicking” ( Forumblog.com)

" Gold does a splendid job of transporting readers from one defining moment in the history of gold to the next." ( Mining.com)

"Hart’s book offers a compelling, stylish, and impressively researched portrait of the history and economics of a metal that has disrupted the world order while enriching some and ruining countless others... He is a talented storyteller." ( Boston Globe)

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