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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.
This is the worst book that I had come across in the last 6 months. (I read about 10 books in the last 6 months). Read morePublished 12 months ago by Amos Tin
great historical reading. He really lays down the reasons for why the West is dominant rather than the East. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Byron Dueck
Just wish I could remember the details! I heard Ferguson interviewed on CBC and was impressed with his knowledge, but one can't help wondering how long the current primary players... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Anne Stewart
Great, well written book- Very interesting and easy to understand. Niall Ferguson is well versed in this topic- a real expertPublished on July 12 2013 by LarryH
Civilization by Neil Fergson was an excellent read for an overview of the past 500 years.
Only problem I had with the book was that I almost had the feeling he thinks Jews... Read more
A bit of a warning in this book-- things are changing and the west is in a confidence and world view crisis. We are taking an axe to our roots.Published on March 12 2013 by Kevin
How does he do it! Civilization: The West and the Rest. How can one authour in one book provide such an intesting, readble and imaginative review of the history of the world. Read morePublished on Dec 5 2012 by James Gillies
Niall Ferguson takes the reader across the globe, tracking the rise of Western civilization in a thorough, yet accesible manner. Read morePublished on Aug. 26 2012 by Jack Dashwood
The problem with TV-series-driven writing is the blurring of priorities. I had a hard time pinpointing what was I not enjoying about this undoubtedly well written book. Read morePublished on July 22 2012 by Vlad Thelad