Search Results: "Niall Ferguson"


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NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 2003

"Lively and thoughtful: provocative both as history and forecast."
The British empire didn't exactly disappear, writes superstar scholar Ferguson (Economics/NYU; The Cash Nexus, 2001, etc.), it just moved its capital westward to Washington and Manhattan. Read full book review >

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KISSINGER by Niall Ferguson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 29, 2015

"A massive, occasionally bloated (will the next volume also run over 1,000 pages?) study of the formation of the young Kissinger, before the idealist became a realist with his selection by President Richard Nixon as national security adviser in 1968."
Exhaustive account of the first half of Kissinger's life as a "tale of an education through experience." Read full book review >

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Released: June 13, 2013

"The author's apocalypse will result from conservative bugaboos, and he delivers an entertaining, often convincing polemic."
As Oswald Spengler's massive 1918 classic Decline of the West approaches its 100th anniversary, announcements of the apocalypse continue to pour off the presses. Readers could do much worse than read this one from the prolific Ferguson (History/Harvard Univ.; Civilization: The West and the Rest, 2011). Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 25, 2006

"A lucid, blood-soaked study that will give no comfort to those pining for peace in our time."
A sweeping, big-picture view of the bloodiest century in human history. Read full book review >

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CIVILIZATION by Niall Ferguson
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 8, 2011

"A richly informed, accessible history lesson."
Ever-nimble historian Ferguson (History/Harvard Univ.; The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World, 2008, etc.) examines the factors that led to the rise of the West rather than the East. Read full book review >

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COLOSSUS by Niall Ferguson
NON-FICTION
Released: April 24, 2004

"Prepare, then, for failure—and for agonizing years of involvement in places such as Iraq, Afghanistan, Liberia. Discomfiting, highly provocative reading, with ammunition for pro and con alike."
Is America ready to rule the world? Probably not. But, argues the author, it had better gear up to the task. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 17, 2008

"A useful introduction to the world of drachmas, dinars and dollars."
From prolific historian Ferguson (History/Harvard Univ.; The War of the World, 2006, etc.), a sweeping survey of money and its many instruments. Read full book review >

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THE PITY OF WAR by Niall Ferguson
NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1999

"An important work of historical analysis. (16 pages b&w photos) (Author tour; radio satellite tour)"
As the 20th century draws to a close, Ferguson (Modem History/Oxford Univ.; The House of Rothschild, 1998) renders a brilliant reassessment of one of the century's most far-reaching and tragic wars, the First World War. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 8, 1999

"It is an extraordinary tale of the unique commercial underwriters of European history, told with impressive scholarship."
Once upon a time, the Rothschilds were the wealthiest people on earth. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 28, 2010

"And with that—and herein lies the takeaway of this valuable book—every ounce of integrity seemed to disappear from the world of high finance. Readable, accessible and not a little nostalgic."
Economic historian Ferguson (History/Harvard Univ.; The Ascent of Money, 2008, etc.) turns to the last of the high financiers of old, before the hedge-funders of Wall Street took over the world. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"The latest definitive work on the marvelous Rothschilds, cogent and strong. (16 pages of photos, not seen)"
The fabulous history of a legendary family, reviled by many, lauded by many others, and fascinating to all, is told again, this time with encyclopedic exactitude. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 2001

"Readers who expect a repeat of the author's lively intellectual romp through WWI are in for a jolt. Packed with charts, graphs, and scholarly economic analysis, this is much heavier going—but those who persist will find a stimulating, well-documented outpouring of controversial ideas."
Does money make the world go round? While conventional wisdom maintains that economics drives all political change from wars to elections to industrial progress, the author casts a skeptical eye. Read full book review >