'A fascinating exploration of human greed and self-delusion and also a tribute to our ageless search for beauty' DEBORAH MOGGACH.In 1630s' Holland thousands of people, from the wealthiest merchants to the lowest street traders, were caught up in a frenzy of buying and selling. The object of the speculation was not oil or gold, but the tulip, a delicate and exotic bloom that had just arrived from the east. Over three years, rare tulip bulbs changed hands for sums that would have bought a house in Amsterdam: a single bulb could sell for more than 300,000 at today's prices. Fortunes were made overnight, but then lost when, within a year, the market collapsed.Mike Dash recreates this bizarre episode in European history, separating myth from reality. He traces the hysterical boom and devastating bust, bringing to life a colourful cast of characters, and beautifully evoking Holland's Golden Age.
Mike Dash wurde 1963 in Großbritannien geboren und wuchs in Berlin, Zürich, Paris und Cannes auf. Nach seinem Geschichtsstudium in Cambridge arbeitete er als Journalist und freier Schriftsteller. Mike Dash gilt in England als einer der renommiertesten Autoren kulturhistorischer Bücher. Mike Dash lebt heute in London.