A new edition of Niall Ferguson's bestselling book: with a new chapter, 'From the Lehman bust to Bitcoin'.
Bread, cash, dosh, dough, loot. Call if what you like, it matters now more than ever. In The Ascent of Money, Niall Ferguson shows that financial history is the back-story to all history.
From the banking dynasty who funded the Italian Renaissance to the stock market bubble that caused the French Revolution, this is the story of booms and busts as it's never been told before.
With the world in the grip of the biggest financial crisis since the Great Depression, there's never been a better time to understand the ascent - and descent - of money.
About the Author
Niall Ferguson is one of Britain's most renowned historians. He is a 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 Channel Four: Empire, American Colossus and, most recently, The War of the World. He, his wife and three children divide their time between the United Kingdom and the United States.
The hardback publication of Niall Ferguson's book was prophetic, but this edition - topped and tailed with a passionate, closely argued call for us to educate ourselves about financial markets - could not be more timely -- Tony Clements * Telegraph *
Dazzling ... extraordinarily timely -- Martin Vander Weyer * Spectator *
A whistle-stop tour of the historical events that gave us the financial system we have today ... To Niall Ferguson's list of talents we can now add great timing -- Stephanie Flanders * Mail on Sunday *
Ferguson is the most brilliant British historian of his generation ... he writes with splendid panache * Times *
Ferguson's powers are on formidable display -- Tristram Hunt * Observer *
Wonderfully accessible ... Ferguson is spot on -- Allister Heath * Literary Review *
A fine history ... told with verve and insight * Daily Telegraph *
One of the world's leading historians -- Hamish McRae * Independent *