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Niall Ferguson
Niall Ferguson is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, former Laurence A. Tisch Professor of History at Harvard University and current senior fellow at the Center for European Studies at Harvard University, a visiting professor at Tsinghua University, Beijing, and... show more



Niall Ferguson is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, former Laurence A. Tisch Professor of History at Harvard University and current senior fellow at the Center for European Studies at Harvard University, a visiting professor at Tsinghua University, Beijing, and founder and managing director of advisory firm Greenmantle LLC. The author of 14 books, Ferguson is writing a life of Henry Kissinger, the first volume of which—Kissinger, 1923-1968: The Idealist—has just been published to critical acclaim. "The World's Banker: The History of the House of Rothschild" won the Wadsworth Prize for Business History. Other titles include "Civilization: The West and the Rest," "The Great Degeneration: How Institutions Decay and Economies Die" and "High Financier: The Lives and Time of Siegmund Warburg." Ferguson's six-part PBS television series, "The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World," based on his best-seller, won an International Emmy for best documentary in 2009. "Civilization" was also made into a documentary series. Ferguson is a recipient of the Benjamin Franklin Award for Public Service as well as other honors.

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Birth date: April 18, 1964
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Book Thoughts rated it 2 years ago
A very interesting read about a man I knew little about. The early Cold War and Vietnam eras are the two parts of history that I know the least about. Kissinger is considered one of the great foreign policy thinkers of the period, and I was really interested to know more about him and his story.This...
riley
riley rated it 4 years ago
This appears to me to be an attempt by Ferguson to provide a sort of sequel to Guns, Germs and Steel. I say that because both books begin the same way - the attempt to answer a question about Europe's predominance over the last few hundred years and because Ferguson makes multiple reference's to Dia...
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Titus Bluth's Blatherings rated it 5 years ago
I was hoping for an overview of the development of the concept of money itself. Instead, I got a handful of (not necessarily accurate) anecdotes about markets. On the plus side, the book is an easy read and fairly entertaining.
nouveau
nouveau rated it 5 years ago
everybody knows, so to speak, that the Brits have an edge in literature and non-fiction writing, but is it possible to quantify this edge? and does the UK, a nation of 63 million, really produce more and better material than the US, population 310 million and economy correspondingly 6x the size? I w...
nouveau
nouveau rated it 5 years ago
only a few non-fiction writers can put out four full books on varying topics that are all brilliant? Ferguson--at his best--is hypnotic; at his worst (his economic books?), he seems to just be creating long lists of phenomenon. EMPIRE and [b:Civilization|357636|Civilization and Its Discontents|Sigmu...
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