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The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World
Niall Ferguson follows the money to tell the human story behind the evolution of our financial system, from its genesis in ancient Mesopotamia to the latest upheavals on what he calls Planet Finance. What's more, Ferguson reveals financial history as the essential backstory behind all histor...more
Another book from the vaguely centrist right, you know them, those economists and Greek translators and philosophers from the University of Chicago who assisted Pinochet in his fascist coup, won Nobel Prizes, misconstrued Plato to fit their world-view (I'm looking at you, Leo Strauss), and finally, today, when they are primarily involved in teaching a new generation to do the same things.
Well, Ferguson perhaps isn't so vehemently rabid about his political beliefs, and he doesn't...more
And this is a pity, as there are many things about money I would like a deeper u...more
Cicero - 55 BC
So what have we learned in 2 Millennia? Evidently nothing?
Ferguson argued that financial markets are like the mirror of mankind, revealing the works of how we function in...more
This book described the development of modern finance and banking system, staring from Renaissance Italy, the Medici family, the rising of the Rothschild family after the Waterloo, all the way do...more
Harvard history professor explains the origins of not only coins, paper money, and electronic money, but also stocks, bonds, and insurance. (Bonds and insurance are way more important than I had realized.) Very hel...more
However, what this book doesn't tell you is that it's written for someone with a much higher understanding of global finance than I currently posess. I'm a financial and economic newbie, having only read Empire of Wealth and little else to increase my understanding of t...more
Given everything that is going on around us these days, this is an excellent read. Highly recommended.
Money ....Money ...Money....
The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World by Harvard professor Niall Ferguson, examines long history of money, credit, and banking. Since this book is all about history don’t think it’s dry and unreadable... it very readable, interesting and with substance. The most interesting thing about this book which I felt is the blend of W...more
Niall Ferguson focuses his history of the world on its finances. He succeeds in explaining the origins, evolution, and present state of currency, bonds, stocks, insurance, property, and financial wizardry. There's plenty I still don't know, but looking at the world through the prism of money usually explains a lot. And while Karl...more
The political and economic doctrines of the author are obvious in the reading of the book, as pointed out by other reviews...more
One of Ferguson’s driving points is made early on, and is repeated throughout his book. That is, he vehemently and persuasively argues that capitalism – to riff Churchill’s critique of democracy – may be a horrible form of economi...more
As well, Ferguson's understanding of financial history is widely acknowledged. Nevertheless, writing a financial history...more
Niall Ferguson makes a strong, compelling case for the development of money and banking as a catalyst for the advancement of civilization. Yet while some critics praised his clear, comprehensible writing, punctuated with anecdotes and historical details, others were nonplussed by his explanations and narrative detours. Several critics also bemoaned the book's choppy and uneven structure
Niall Ferguson has put together an impressive piece of literature on financial history which dates back to early 13th century to the last year's sub-prime crisis. The book has some very clear and precise historical facts with in-numerable quotations (for people wh...more
Niall Ferguson brings an innate sense of timing, weaves storylines like they are part of a film noir thriller, and quotes so...more
As a historical overview, it touches on the earliest forms of exchange (and money) as well as the development of various financial schemes and instruments over the past two thousand years. Given that it was written to accompany the development of the series, it probably contains...more
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I am quite weak on financial history, so this book made an excellent beginning remedial course. I don't think one should stop here, however. But I did find Ferguso...more
Using statistics, analogies, and historical examples, Ferguson takes the reader on a dazzling tour of the last 500 years of financial histo...more
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