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The First World War followed a period of sustained peace in Europe during which people talked with confidence of prosperity, progress, and hope. But in 1914, Europe walked into a catastrophic conflict that killed millions, bled its economies dry, shook empires and societies to pieces, and fatally undermined Europe’s dominance of the world. It was a war that could have been avoided up to the last moment–so why did it happen?

The War that Ended Peace, by Margaret MacMillan Margaret MacMillan is the renowned author of Women of the Raj and Stephen Leacock (Extraordinary Canadians series), and the international bestsellers Nixon in China and Paris 1919: Six Months That Changed the World, which won the 2003 Governor General’s Award and the 2002 Samuel Johnson Prize. She is also the author of The Uses and Abuses of History. The past provost of Trinity College at the University of Toronto, she is now the warden of St. Antony’s College at Oxford University.  

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Since the 2008 financial crisis, the price of gold has skyrocketed from around $800 an ounce in August of that year to a peak of about $1700 an ounce. Fortunes have been made, and this has kicked off an unprecedented gold-mining and prospecting boom around the world. From armed illegal miners holed up in South African mines–where theft is estimated at $1 billion a year–to the hugely successful workings of Canada’s Barrick Gold to China’s determined efforts to become a major gold player, 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. He highlights its dramatic, tempestuous history and the behind-the-scenes intrigue of the current boom. The controversial rollercoaster narrative reveals what experts are saying about the profound changes underway in the gold market and the outlook for the future.

Gold, book by Matthew Hart Matthew Hart is a veteran journalist and writer. He has written documentary film scripts for the CBC, CTV, and IMAX, and is a distinguished magazine columnist and feature writer. His work has appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, Saturday Night, Toronto Life, and The Financial Post Magazine. He was a contributing editor of Canadian Art, and for three years wrote the popular back-page humour column for The Globe and Mail's Toronto magazine. The Irish Game: A True History of Crime and Art is his fourth non-fiction book. Matthew currently lives in London, England.  

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