Civilization: West & The Rest is an extremely sophisticated documentary for those with a love for history... and maybe some controversy. Make no mistake, you may find yourself not agreeing with Ferguson. I suggest you read his book (of the same name) for an even more comprehensive understanding of his views. However, not agreeing with someone's take on any given issue should not be grounds for condemnation or disregard. I, personally, find little to disagree with as far as his views on the rise of the West. In very simple terms, this is my take on Civilization: West & The Rest-- Ferguson presents a non-apologist's account on the rise of Western economic, political and cultural hegemony. He lays out a realist groundwork for why the West succeeded and why the 'Rest' failed. That said, by no means does Ferguson disregard the negative aspects of Western civilization (colonialism, slavery, genocide, rampant consumerism etc.) However, unlike the leftist literature/media that plagues academic discourse like a widespread disease, Ferguson gives ample credence as to WHY the 'Rest' failed. He does not wallow in self-loathing and pitiful guilt for the West's meteoric rise into economic, political and cultural splendor. On the contrary, he cites specific reasons as to why China, the Ottoman Empire and others failed to capitalize on opportunities to advance. Likewise, he provides us six "Killer Applications" the West implemented to bring themselves out of the dark ages and into the modern world. Niall Ferguson is as sharp as they come. The documentary itself is beautiful to watch and listen to. The photography is second to none and Ferguson's commentary is accessible, funny and captivating. He holds no punches when criticizing Keynesian economics, state-run monopolies, dictators and the failures of Socialism. Is he a crazy right-wing historian? Not by a long shot. Is he a left-leaning apologist who resents Western civilization? Absolutely not. Ferguson is a one-of-a-kind intellectual with a robust and honest dedication to his craft. I give 5 stars and recommend this documentary and his book for anyone who enjoys history.