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The Great Degeneration : How Institutions Decay and Economies Die

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The decline of the West is something that has long been prophesied. Symptoms of decline are all around us today: slowing growth, crushing debts, ageing populations. But what exactly is amiss with Western civilization? The answer, Niall Ferguson argues, is that the institutions that were once the four pillars of Western society - representative government, the free market, the rule of law and civil society - are degenerating.

The Great Degeneration is a powerful indictment of an era of negligence and complacency. To stop us frittering away the institutional inheritance of centuries, Ferguson warns, will take heroic leadership and radical reform.

'A refreshing perspective on the economic decline of advanced countries and the origins of the crisis' Samuel Brittan, Financial Times

'He writes with splendid panache and a seemingly effortless, debonair wit' The Times

'One of the most incisive writers of history, politics and economics today' Sunday Telegraph

'Niall Ferguson has transformed the intellectual landscape' Economist
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Product details

  • Paperback | 192 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 11mm | 145g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0141975237
  • 9780141975238
  • 83,878

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Brilliantly written, full of wit and virtuosity, stuffed with memorable lines and gorgeous bits of information. A great read The Times (on Civilization)
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Brings history alive for the reader with a dazzling knowledge ... peerless * Independent on Sunday * A masterpiece ... fascinating facts burst like fireworks on every page * Sunday Times * This is sharp. It feels urgent. Ferguson... twists his knife with great literary brio -- Andrew Marr (on Civilization) A dazzling history of Western ideas ... epic * Economist * Brilliantly written, full of wit and virtuosity, stuffed with memorable lines and gorgeous bits of information. A great read * The Times (on Civilization) *
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About Niall Ferguson

Niall Ferguson is one of Britain's most renowned historians. He is the Milbank Family Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, a senior faculty fellow of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard, and a visiting professor at Tsinghua University, Beijing. He is the author of fifteen books, including The Pity of War, The House of Rothschild, Empire, Civilization and Kissinger, 1923-1968: The Idealist, which won the Council on Foreign Relations Arthur Ross Prize. He is an award-making filmmaker, too, having won an international Emmy for his PBS series The Ascent of Money. His many other 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). He writes a weekly column for the Sunday Times, for which he was named Columnist of the Year at the 2018 British Press Awards.
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2 11% (169)
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