In the 1630s, the tiny-but-wealthy Netherlands were gripped by a frenzy of public trading in tulip bulbs. At the height of the craze, a single bulb could sell for a small fortune. What caused this "tulip mania" and how did it all come to a crashing halt?
Anne Goldgar. Tulipmania: Money, Honor, and Knowledge in the Dutch Golden Age. University of Chicago Press, 2007.
Simon Schama. The Embarrassment of Riches: An Interpretation of Dutch Culture in the Golden Age. Alfred A. Knopf, 1987.
Charles Mackay. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds. London, 1841.
Michael Pollan. The Botany of Desire: A Plant's-Eye View of the World. Random House, 2002.
The Tulipmania 1637 board game and a video of the creator explaining how it works
Music: "Evening Melodrama" by Kevin MacLeod (www.incompetech.com)