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  • Published: 17 September 2019
  • ISBN: 9780141990262
  • Imprint: Penguin Press
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 560
  • RRP: $22.99

The Ascent of Money

A Financial History of the World

A reissue of Niall Ferguson's bestselling book with a major new chapter on the first ten years of the Financial Crisis

Bread, cash, dosh, dough, loot. Call it what you like, it matters now more than ever. In The Ascent of Money, Niall Ferguson shows that finance is the foundation of all human progress and the lifeblood of history. From the cash injection that funded the Italian Renaissance to the stock market bubble that sparked the French Revolution, from the bonds that fuelled Britain's war effort to the Wall Street Crash and today's meltdown, this is the story of boom and bust as it's never been told before. Whether you're scraping by or rolling in it, there's no better time to understand the ascent of money.

  • Pub date: 17 September 2019
  • ISBN: 9780141990262
  • Imprint: Penguin Press
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 560
  • RRP: $22.99

About the Author

Niall Ferguson

Niall Ferguson is one of Britain's most renowned historians. He is a 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 Channel Four: Empire, American Colossus and, most recently, The War of the World. He, his wife and three children divide their time between the United Kingdom and the United States.

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Praise for The Ascent of Money

“Beautifully written . . . Breathtakingly clever”

Sunday Telegraph

“A lucid and racy account of financial history”

New Statesman

“A fine, readable and entertaining history”

Dominic Sandbrook, Daily Telegraph, Books of the Year

“The tales he tells of boom and bust, of triumph and disaster, of bubbles that inflate . . . are the very essence of financial history”

Bill Emmott, Financial Times

“An often enlightening and enjoyable tour through the underside of great events, a lesson in how the most successful great powers have always been underpinned by smart money”

Robert Skidelsky, New York Review of Books

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