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The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World: 10th Anniversary Edition by [Niall Ferguson]
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"Before regulators throw block trades, bond swaps, bridge financing, butterfly spreads and Black-Scholes out with the bathwater, they should find time to read Niall Ferguson's The Ascent of Money." --The Wall Street Journal

"[An] excellent, just in time guide to the history of finance and financial crisis." --The Washington Post

"Shrewdly anticipates many aspects of the current financial crisis, which has toppled banks, precipitated gigantic government bailouts and upended global markets." --Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

"Fascinating." --Fareed Zakaria, Newsweek

"Good old-fashioned narrative history, complete with heroes and villains, visionaries and scoundrels." --James Pressley, Bloomberg

From Bookmarks Magazine

Niall Ferguson makes a strong, compelling case for the development of money and banking as a catalyst for the advancement of civilization. Yet while some critics praised his clear, comprehensible writing, punctuated with anecdotes and historical details, others were nonplussed by his explanations and narrative detours. Several critics also bemoaned the book's choppy and uneven structure—an echo of the episodic, six-part television series it was meant to accompany. So it seems the UK critics liked the book less because they had seen the show. Though perhaps best suited to readers with a fundamental understanding of financial terms and theories, Ferguson's latest work provides valuable insight into the inner workings of the global economy, past and present. For interested readers, it demonstrates how our current fiscal meltdown fits into the bigger historical picture and laments humanity's perennial inability to learn from this history.
Copyright 2009 Bookmarks Publishing LLC --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Publisher : Penguin Books (October 31, 2008)
  • Language: : English
  • Publication date : October 31, 2008
  • ASIN : B0018QQQKS
  • File size : 30790 KB
  • Print length : 496 pages
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • X-Ray : Not Enabled
  • Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
  • Lending : Not Enabled
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5.0 out of 5 stars What an engaging education of money
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5.0 out of 5 stars A forensic and highly readable discussion of the key developments in Finance
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Job
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ferguson's ascent
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