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“How did we get into the current economic mess? Niall Ferguson explains all -- from ancient Mesopotamia to the collapse of Lehman Brothers -- and in The Ascent of Money he makes financial history read like a thriller.”
— Sue Barnett, Hamish & Henry Booksellers Inc., Livingston Manor, NY
Niall Ferguson follows the money to tell the human story behind the evolution of finance, from its origins in ancient Mesopotamia to the latest upheavals on what he calls Planet Finance.
About the Author
Niall Ferguson is 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 British television: "Empire", "American Colossus", and, "The War of the World". He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Simon Prebble has worked extensively on British and American television as both actor and narrator.