A richly original look at the origins of money and how it makes the world go ?round Niall Ferguson follows the money to tell the human story behind the evolution of our financial system, from its genesis in ancient Mesopotamia to the latest upheavals on what he calls Planet Finance. What's more, Ferguson reveals financial history as the essential backstory behind all history, arguing that the evolution of credit and debt was as important as any technological innovation in the rise of civilization. As Ferguson traces the crisis from ancient Egypt's Memphis to today's Chongqing, he offers bold and compelling new insights into the rise? and fall?of not just money but Western power as well.
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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.Review:
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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Book Description Penguin Books, 2009. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX014103548X
Book Description Penguin Books, 2009. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 014103548X
Book Description Penguin Books, 2009. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P11014103548X