The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World: 10th Anniversary Edition Kindle Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0143116172
ISBN-10: 0143116177
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Editorial Reviews


"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 AudioFile

Who knew there was a financial subtext to MARY POPPINS? Niall Ferguson--apparently--who explains that the children's classic makes the important point about banking that a bank's success is based on a fragile faith. And it's that same faith--in coins, in paper, and now in virtual banking--that lets us believe that money exists even though we don't much see it anymore. Written before the current downturn, yet seeming to predict it, the book explains that the popping sound you hear is when the "belief bubble" bursts (and Ferguson profiles some massive bubble makers). Narrator Simon Prebble moves along this metaphysical history of dinero with command, authority, and a BBC accent. His tone and timing add an element of class to the project. It's sort of like sitting in on a really fab Oxford lecture. R.W.S. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2009, Portland, Maine --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

Product details

  • ASIN : B0018QQQKS
  • Publisher : Penguin Books (October 31, 2008)
  • Publication date : October 31, 2008
  • Language : English
  • File size : 32126 KB
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
  • X-Ray : Not Enabled
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Print length : 496 pages
  • 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 Ferguson's ascent
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