The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World

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Penguin, Nov 13, 2008 - History - 448 pages
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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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Review: The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World

User Review  - Erez Davidi - Goodreads

Niall Ferguson's works about World War I and World War II were highly controversial when published and still are. All the more so is his book "Empire" concerning the British Empire, in which he argued ... Read full review

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User Review  - David - Goodreads

The "Ascent of Money" had a subtle right-wing/conservative bent to the point that as the events became more recent, I found more and more questionable "facts" and right-wing "talking points". For ... Read full review


Title Page
Of Human Bondage
Blowing Bubbles
The Return of Risk
Safe as Houses
From Empire to Chimerica
The Descent of Money
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Niall Ferguson 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, and Colossus, he also writes regularly for newspapers and magazines all over the world. Since 2003 he has written and presented three highly successful television documentary series for British television: Empire, American Colossus, and, most recently, The War of the World.

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