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From the bestselling author of The Ascent of Money and The Square and the TowerWestern civilization's rise to global dominance is the single most important historical phenomenon of the past five centuries. How did the West overtake its Eastern rivals? And has the zenith of Western power now passed? Acclaimed historian Niall Ferguson argues that beginning in the fifteenth century, the West developed six powerful new concepts, or "killer applications"--competition, science, the rule of law, modern medicine, consumerism, and the work ethic--that the Rest lacked, allowing it to surge past all other competitors. Yet now, Ferguson shows how the Rest have downloaded the killer apps the West once monopolized, while the West has literally lost faith in itself. Chronicling the rise and fall of empires alongside clashes (and fusions) of civilizations, Civilization: The West and the Rest recasts world history with force and wit. Boldly argued and teeming with memorable characters, this is Ferguson at his very best.
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"[Ferguson] uses his powerful narrative talents in these pages to give the reader a highly tactile sense of history. ... The author [has a] knack for making long-ago events as vivid and visceral as the evening news, for weaving anecdotes and small telling details together with a wide-angled retrospective vision."--New York Times"A dazzling history of Western ideas."--The Economist "Mr. Ferguson tells his story with characteristic verve and an eye for the felicitous phrase."--Wall Street Journal "[W]ritten with vitality and verve... a tour de force."--Boston Globe "This is sharp. It feels urgent. Ferguson, with a properly financially literate mind, twists his knife with great literary brio...Ferguson ends by suggesting the biggest threat is not China but ourselves - our cowardice, drawn from ignorance, even stupidity, about our past. He is right. But as he shows himself, that can be fixed."--The Financial Times
NIALL FERGUSON is one of Britain's most renowned historians. He is the Laurence A. Tisch Professor of History at Harvard University and William Ziegler Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School, a Senior Research Fellow of Jesus College, Oxford, and a Senior Research Fellow of the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. He is the bestselling author of Paper and Iron, The House of Rothschild, The Pity of War, The Cash Nexus, Empire, Colossus, The War of the World, The Ascent of Money, and High Financier. He also writes regularly for newspapers and magazines all over the world.www.niallferguson.com
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