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" Before regulators throw block trades, bond swaps, bridge financing, butterfly spreads and Black-Scholes out with the bathwater, they should find time to read Niall Ferguson's The Ascent of Money."
-The Wall Street Journal
"[An] excellent, just in time guide to the history of finance and financial crisis."
-The Washington Post
" Shrewdly anticipates many aspects of the current financial crisis, which has toppled banks, precipitated gigantic government bailouts and upended global markets."
-Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times
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.
I bought this book for my father who enjoys history books, particularly financial history and the rise and fall of great mercantile empires. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Joe
This book would be an ideal high school text for a course in finance. We are graduating students woefully inadequately prepared to deal with the modern financial world, as no... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Robert C Gunn
Great book. Huge jump into the history of money and all the corruption that has come with it. Great book highyl recommend.Published on April 10 2013 by Danny
Basically, the book covers everything you should know about the history of money if you want to understand how we got here . Read morePublished on March 3 2013 by NeroTulip1961
In providing the history of finance, Niall Ferguson opens a whole new dimension of understanding of the evolution of society. Read morePublished on March 5 2012 by Ila France Porcher, Author of The Shark Sessions
Ferguson skims over the centuries, and attempts to package together a financial history of the world. Some of the stories will be familiar to the reader, others will be new. Read morePublished on Feb. 12 2012 by Patrick Sullivan
The title of the book infers a positive connotation to the development of money. I think the majority of people would agree that we are better off than those of Mesopotamia. Read morePublished on Feb. 12 2012 by Mark Eversfield