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The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World

The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World

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By (author) Niall Ferguson

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  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 448 pages
  • Dimensions: 129mm x 198mm x 26mm | 358g
  • Publication date: 4 June 2009
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 014103548X
  • ISBN 13: 9780141035482
  • Edition statement: Trade Paperback.
  • Illustrations note: 16 pp colour inset, integrated b/w
  • Sales rank: 11,604

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Bread, cash, dosh, dough, loot. Call it what you like, it matters now more than ever. In "The Ascent of Money", Niall Ferguson shows that finance is the foundation of all human progress and the lifeblood of history. From the cash injection that funded the Italian Renaissance to the stock market bubble that sparked the French Revolution, from the bonds that fueled Britain's war effort to the Wall Street Crash and today's meltdown, this is the story of boom and bust as it's never been told before. Whether you're scraping by or rolling in it, there's no better time to understand the ascent of money.

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Niall Ferguson is one of Britain's most renowned historians. He is Laurence A. Tisch Professor of History at Harvard University, a Senior Research Fellow of Jesus College, Oxford University, and a Senior Fellow of the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. The bestselling author of Paper and Iron, The House of Rothschild, The Pity of War, The Cash Nexus, Empire, Colossus and The War of the World, he also writes regularly for newspapers and magazines all over the world.

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The hardback publication of Niall Ferguson's book was prophetic, but this edition - topped and tailed with a passionate, closely argued call for us to educate ourselves about financial markets - could not be more timely -- Tony Clements Telegraph Dazzling ... extraordinarily timely -- Martin Vander Weyer Spectator A whistle-stop tour of the historical events that gave us the financial system we have today ... To Niall Ferguson's list of talents we can now add great timing -- Stephanie Flanders Mail on Sunday Ferguson is the most brilliant British historian of his generation ... he writes with splendid panache Times Ferguson's powers are on formidable display -- Tristram Hunt Observer Wonderfully accessible ... Ferguson is spot on -- Allister Heath Literary Review A fine history ... told with verve and insight Daily Telegraph One of the world's leading historians -- Hamish McRae Independent