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The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Penguin Pr
Publication date November 13, 2008
Pages 441
Binding Hardcover
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9781594201929
ISBN-10 1594201927
Dimensions 1.50 by 6.25 by 9.25 in.
Weight 1.45 lbs.
Availability§ Publisher Out of Stock Indefinitely
Original list price $29.95
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Summaries and Reviews
Amazon.com description: Product Description: Watch the PBS program based on The Ascent of Money.

Niall Ferguson follows the money to tell the human story behind the evolution of finance, from its origins in ancient Mesopotamia to the latest upheavals on what he calls Planet Finance.

Bread, cash, dosh, dough, loot, lucre, moolah, readies, the wherewithal: Call it what you like, it matters. To Christians, love of it is the root of all evil. To generals, it’s the sinews of war. To revolutionaries, it’s the chains of labor. But in The Ascent of Money, Niall Ferguson shows that finance is in fact the foundation of human progress. What’s more, he reveals financial history as the essential backstory behind all history.

Through Ferguson’s expert lens familiar historical landmarks appear in a new and sharper financial focus. Suddenly, the civilization of the Renaissance looks very different: a boom in the market for art and architecture made possible when Italian bankers adopted Arabic mathematics. The rise of the Dutch republic is reinterpreted as the triumph of the world’s first modern bond market over insolvent Habsburg absolutism. And the origins of the French Revolution are traced back to a stock market bubble caused by a convicted Scot murderer.

With the clarity and verve for which he is known, Ferguson elucidates key financial institutions and concepts by showing where they came from. What is money? What do banks do? What’s the difference between a stock and a bond? Why buy insurance or real estate? And what exactly does a hedge fund do?

This is history for the present. Ferguson travels to post-Katrina New Orleans to ask why the free market can’t provide adequate protection against catastrophe. He delves into the origins of the subprime mortgage crisis.

Perhaps most important, The Ascent of Money documents how a new financial revolution is propelling the world’s biggest countries, India and China, from poverty to wealth in the space of a single generation—an economic transformation unprecedented in human history.

Yet the central lesson of the financial history is that sooner or later every bubble bursts—sooner or later the bearish sellers outnumber the bullish buyers, sooner or later greed flips into fear. And that’s why, whether you’re scraping by or rolling in it, there’s never been a better time to understand the ascent of money.



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Hardcover
Book cover for 9781410415332 Book cover for 9781594201929
 
Large print edition from Thorndike Pr (May 15, 2009)
9781410415332 | details & prices | 647 pages | 6.00 × 9.00 × 1.50 in. | 1.70 lbs | List price $31.95
About: Bread, cash, dough, loot, moolah, readies, the wherewithal: Call it what you like, it matters.
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from Penguin Pr (November 13, 2008)
9781594201929 | details & prices | 441 pages | 6.25 × 9.25 × 1.50 in. | 1.45 lbs | List price $29.95
About: Watch the PBS program based on The Ascent of Money.
from Gardners Books (October 30, 2008)
9781846141065 | details & prices | 464 pages | 6.25 × 9.25 × 1.75 in. | 1.65 lbs | List price $44.45
Paperback
Book cover for 9780141035482 Book cover for 9780143116172
 
from Penguin USA (October 27, 2009)
9780143116172 | details & prices | 442 pages | 5.50 × 9.00 × 1.00 in. | 0.85 lbs | List price $18.00
About: The 10th anniversary edition, with new chapters on the crash, Chimerica, and cryptocurrencyIn this updated edition, Niall Ferguson brings his classic financial history of the world up to the present day, tackling the populist backlash that followed the 2008 crisis, the descent of "Chimerica" into a trade war, and the advent of cryptocurrencies, such as Bitcoin, with his signature clarity and expert lens.
from Gardners Books (June 4, 2009)
9780141035482 | details & prices | 448 pages | 5.25 × 8.00 × 1.00 in. | 0.80 lbs | List price $18.20
About: Bread, cash, dosh, dough, loot.
Miscellaneous
from Penguin USA (November 13, 2008)
9781440653988 | details & prices | 448 pages | List price $9.99

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