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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (6,349 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Niall Ferguson Narrator: Simon Prebbl Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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 history, arguing that the evolution of credit and debt was as important as any technological innovation in the rise of civilization. As Ferguson traces the crisis from ancient Egypt’s Memphis to today’s Chongqing, he offers bold and compelling new insights into the rise and fall of not just money but Western power as well.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “It shrewdly anticipates many aspects of the current financial crisis.”

    New York Times

  • “An admirably illuminating book.”

    Washington Post

  • “A timely book that is indispensable [from] one of the greatest historians writing today.”

    Boston Globe

  • “There is an ease to [Ferguson’s] prose that leaves this complicated subject interesting to and approachable by any general reader.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “A timely history of money and finance from the advent of coins to J. P. Morgan Chase’s takeover of Bear Stearns earlier this year.”

    Library Journal

  • “The author is a fluent interpreter…He avoids the aridity of economics without skimping on details, offering lots of bang for the buck.”

    Kirkus Reviews

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Henk Deraedt | 2/17/2014

    " Zou verplichte lectuur moeten zijn voor elke bankier, beleggingsadviseur, verzekeraar ... Als je wat verder in de geschiedenis van het geld en bankwezen kijkt zie je steeds dezelfde patronen terug. De kunst is om ze telkens in context te kunnen plaatsen met de maatschappelijke, economische en technologische evoluties. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Shauna | 2/17/2014

    " Actually, I didn't finish. I'm not smart enough to read this book, and was constantly glazing over at financial terms and ideas. I want to understand, but this book was not the vehicle to get me there. And let's face it. I want my non-fiction to read like fiction. This book does not! Probably a very interesting book for someone who already has a handle on finance and economics. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Ed Terrell | 2/15/2014

    " I gave this book a three only because the first half was very good. Ferguson then forgot himself and with Milton Friedman in his pocket and the Chicago boys with bats standing behind him attempts to beat us into submission to his particular political views. Separating politics and economics is never easy and we all have a point of view which colors the landscape we paint. After skipping a 100 plus pages in the middle, I finished the book with a sense of uneasiness. Once his cards were on the table, I was unable to be enthralled with his story telling. Like a magician who has told you how his trick works, the wonder was gone. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Tomas Bielskis | 2/10/2014

    " More financial than history... "

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