- Paperback: 448 pages
- Publisher: Penguin UK (5 April 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780718194000
- ISBN-13: 978-0718194000
- ASIN: 0718194004
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.6 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 38 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #10,297 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World Paperback – 5 Apr 2012
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The hardback publication of Niall Ferguson's book was prophetic, but this edition - topped and tailed with a passionate, closely argued call for us to educate ourselves about financial markets - could not be more timely (Tony Clements Telegraph)
Dazzling ... extraordinarily timely (Martin Vander Weyer Spectator)
A whistle-stop tour of the historical events that gave us the financial system we have today ... To Niall Ferguson's list of talents we can now add great timing (Stephanie Flanders Mail on Sunday)
Ferguson is the most brilliant British historian of his generation ... he writes with splendid panache (Times)
Ferguson's powers are on formidable display (Tristram Hunt Observer)
Wonderfully accessible ... Ferguson is spot on (Allister Heath Literary Review)
A fine history ... told with verve and insight (Daily Telegraph)
One of the world's leading historians (Hamish McRae Independent)
About the Author
About the Author: Niall Ferguson is a Professor of history at Harvard University and a historian with universities such as Stanford and Oxford. He is known to be a rebellious person with a fascination for right-wing politics. His other popular works include War of The World and Civilization. He has previously served as a contributing editor for The Financial Times and later for Bloomsbury Television. He was listed as one of the 100 most influential people by Time magazine in 2004.
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but the book is about a different story ...
it deals with history and functional prominence of bonds , stocks, insurance , real estate, various stock market crashes and inflation around the world start from 16 th to 21 st century ..
brilliantly written ,,nicely explained concepts though sometimes vague (the reader should try to find out further from internet - Not a big deal(cost u like 5 minutes )...
its not about money but about financial products and how they influence the global world and everyday life of ordinary citizens ..
overall the book is a good read (mostly about the western financial system ) but also there is a chapter on china vs america ...
the author interstingly hooks you with intersting information in every chapter and its more like a thriller ...
a fast read ..a two day is fair enough ...
The financial revolution preceded the industrial revolution and one wonders if the industrial revolution could have been possible without the growth in credit and the invention of bonds and the joint stock company.
The book does not have much to say about globalisation other then a few pages on CHIMERA. All in all a reasonably interesting read.
Now coming to the book, this book will NOT be a good read if you are just into fantasy or pure fiction and refuse to understand the world around you. The book is for enthusiastic people who are curious about their surroundings. This book takes you from the start of the history when instead of money, people used to exchange services. Yes, there is some background history but trust me, you will appreciate it. It explains how the currency works in the system and gives a really mind blowing insight into the present economy. I have learnt some very good insights from this book which always takes my friends of their feet when I present them. You will really enjoy it, its kinda dry sometimes but it will really help you look beyond just money. Hope I have helped you through this review.
A history afficianado like me will find a lot interesting titbits. From Spanish conquistadors in South America to underlying anti-semitism of The Merchant of Venice. The chapter of bonds was gave me better understanding of the history bond markets and a better appreciation of its impact and how bond markets have caused wars in the past.
The book discusses the evolution of various instruments we regard important in the modern world like stocks, bonds, real estate, insurance, hedge funds. It could have covered some prehistoric evolution of money to make it more complete.
The book starts from how finance evolved through ages from barter system to the current paper currency form.
I loved every page of this book. Once i had started reading, I found it hard to stop.
Beautifully written, and a fantastic read.... Everyone must read :) :)
Thank you Amazon for bringing this gem to me. <<<<<<<<<<<<
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