Author of Gold: The Race for the World’s Most Seductive Metal
Matthew Hart is the author of Gold: The Race for the World’s Most Seductive Metal, described as “compelling, stylish, and impressively researched” by the Boston Globe. The National Post called the account of Hart’s descent into the deepest mine on Earth enough “to make every nerve in the reader’s body twitch.” Gold was selected as a BBC “Book of the Week.”
Hart is also the author of the award-winning books The Irish Game and Diamond: the History of a Cold-Blooded Love Affair, about the 1991 Arctic diamond discovery that broke the De Beers cartel. Hart’s work has appeared in Vanity Fair, the Wall Street Journal, and the Financial Post, and he has appeared on 60 Minutes and CNN. He has also written two IMAX films. His Granta story about a voyage into the Greenland Sea to examine the possible failure of the Gulf Stream prefigured the apocalyptic disaster movie The Day After Tomorrow.
Gold: The Metal that Seduced the Human Race
The world has just witnessed the greatest gold rush in history, driven by the forces that stirred the first decade of the 21st century into a stew of fear and panic: fraud on a titanic scale, the collapse of banks, nations going bust, shaky currencies. Sparked by this mayhem, the gold price soared, and a stampede of frightened money thundered into bullion. In this fascinating and far-reaching talk, Matthew Hart details his bizarre and dramatic travels in the gold world, and how he uncovered the way gold is an accurate barometer for what is happening in the wider world. He talks about what the banditry of the Chinese gold world (and China is the world’s biggest gold producer and consumer) says about that country and the future of gold generally. He discusses blood gold: gold mined in war zones by ruthless militias that could cast a pall on an entire industry. And, through all the skullduggery, he stays in touch with gold’s undoubted magic and our obsession with the precious metal. Addressing topics as broad-ranging as the economy, human rights, big data, and the environment, this talk is an entertaining and accessible look at where we—people, businesses, the global economy—stand, and where we’re going.
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