The Ascent of Money

The Ascent of Money : A Financial History of the World

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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 fuelled 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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Product details

  • Paperback | 448 pages
  • 128 x 196 x 32mm | 358.34g
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Trade Paperback.
  • 16 pp colour inset, integrated b/w
  • 014103548X
  • 9780141035482
  • 22,153

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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 *
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About Niall Ferguson

Niall Ferguson is one of Britain's most renowned historians. He is the Laurence A. Tisch Professor of History at Harvard University, a Senior Fellow of the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, and a Visiting Professor at Tsinghua University, Beijing. He has written fourteen books, including The House of Rothschild, Empire, The War of the World, The Ascent of Money, The Great Degeneration and Kissinger, 1923-1968: The Idealist. His many prizes include the Benjamin Franklin Prize for Public Service (2010), the Hayek Prize for Lifetime Achievement (2012) and the Ludwig Erhard Prize for Economic Journalism (2013).
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