By Paul Chance, published on November 1, 2000 - last reviewed on January 23, 2015
There's bound to be a billionaire wannabe on your gift list. In
this book,Cynthia Crossen, a senior editor at The Wall Street Journal,
looks at some of the richest people in history, from Machmud of Ghazni,
who acquired riches through plunder a thousand years ago in what is now
Afghanistan, to Bill Gates, currently the richest person on the planet.
Crossen's book is more a social history of wealth than a guidebook for
becoming rich, so readers won't find any surefire formulas for becoming
disgustingly wealthy. But the giving season may be an appropriate time to
consider what being wealthy really means.
Adapted by Ph.D.