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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.
This is a good read. The origins of money, bonds, stocks, formation of a company etc. is explained and are linked to modern day. Read morePublished 1 month ago by James Lythgoe
I've purchased several books from the Book Depository and I'm never disappointed. So, thanks ... I'll enjoy reading this book.Published 1 month ago by Lee
This thoroughly entertaining and informative ride through the history of money is well worth the time. And you probably won't even notice the time fly by as you read this. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Rodge
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 10 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 on Oct. 14 2013 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