The Six Killer Apps of Western Power
How the West's six 'killer apps' transformed the history of the world
Winner of the Estoril Global Issues Distinguished Book Prize 2013
If in the year 1411 you had been able to circumnavigate the globe and compare the dazzling civilizations of the Orient with Europe and North America, the idea that the West would dominate the Rest for most of the next half millennium would have struck you as wildly fanciful. So how did it happen?
The answer, Ferguson argues, was the West's development of six 'killer applications': competition, science, property, medicine, consumerism and the work ethic. But has the West now lost its monopoly on these six things? If so, are we living through the end of Western ascendancy?
“Brilliantly written, full of wit and virtuosity, stuffed with memorable lines and gorgeous bits of information. A great read”
“A dazzling history of Western ideas . . . epic”
“Vivid and fascinating”
“Superb . . . brings history alive . . . dazzling”
“This is sharp. It feels urgent. Ferguson . . . twists his knife with great literary brio”
Andrew Marr, Financial Times