Niall Ferguson


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April 18, 1964

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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 15 books, Ferguson is writing a life of Henry Kissinger, the first volume of which--Kissinger, 1923-1968: The Idealist--was published in 2015 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 E
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Sir Harold Evans (1928-2020)

As Simon Schama observed on hearing the sad news of Harry Evans’s death, Harry was that rare combination of great and good. The English phrase “the great and the good” is ironical, implying that the great (in the sense of the socially or politically powerful) are rarely good. Harry Evans was never one of the great and good in that sense. He was simply a great editor and a...
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“So much of liberalism in its classical sense is taken for granted in the west today and even disrespected. We take freedom for granted, and because of this we don't understand how incredibly vulnerable it is.”
Niall Ferguson

“If the financial system has a defect, it is that it reflects and magnifies what we human beings are like. Money amplifies our tendency to overreact, to swing from exuberance when things are going well to deep depression when they go wrong. Booms and busts are products, at root, of our emotional volatility.”
Niall Ferguson

“The ascent of money has been essential to the ascent of man.”
Niall Ferguson, The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World

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