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NIALL FERGUSON is one of Britain's most renowned historians. He is the Laurence A. Tisch Professor of History at Harvard University and William Ziegler Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School, a Senior Research Fellow of Jesus College, Oxford, and a Senior Research Fellow of the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. He is the bestselling author of Paper and Iron, The House of Rothschild, The Pity of War, The Cash Nexus, Empire, Colossus, The War of the World, The Ascent of Money, and High Financier. He also writes regularly for newspapers and magazines all over the world.


Niall Ferguson delivers an intriguing and possibly controversial exploration of the nature of modern civilization: who achieved power in the past, who is achieving it today, and what the future may hold. Charting the West's rise to power from the 15th century to the 20th century, Ferguson draws upon the past to describe how the "rest" of the world is catching up. With a crisp English accent and a keen ability to utilize vocal emphasis and pauses, Ferguson proves an excellent narrator for his book. His past work in television and radio clearly influences his reading, the tone of which recalls many a news report. But Ferguson infuses his narration with flair, attitude, enthusiasm, and energy-all of which will keeps listeners engaged, even those who aren't history or social science fans. A Penguin hardcover. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

"[Ferguson] uses his powerful narrative talents in these pages to give the reader a highly tactile sense of history. ... The author [has a] knack for making long-ago events as vivid and visceral as the evening news, for weaving anecdotes and small telling details together with a wide-angled retrospective vision."--New York Times

"A dazzling history of Western ideas."--The Economist "Mr. Ferguson tells his story with characteristic verve and an eye for the felicitous phrase."--Wall Street Journal "[W]ritten with vitality and verve... a tour de force."--Boston Globe "This is sharp. It feels urgent. Ferguson, with a properly financially literate mind, twists his knife with great literary brio...Ferguson ends by suggesting the biggest threat is not China but ourselves - our cowardice, drawn from ignorance, even stupidity, about our past. He is right. But as he shows himself, that can be fixed."--The Financial Times

"The author boldly takes on 600 years of world events... so that the history lesson remains fresh and compelling... A richly informed, accessible history lesson."--Kirkus (starred)

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