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The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Gardners Books
Publication date October 30, 2008
Pages 464
Binding Hardcover
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9781846141065
ISBN-10 1846141060
Dimensions 1.75 by 6.25 by 9.25 in.
Weight 1.65 lbs.
Availability§ Out of Print
Published in Great Britain
Original list price $44.45
§As reported by publisher
Summaries and Reviews
Amazon.com description: Product Description: Bread, cash, dosh, dough, loot: 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 labour. 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 back-story behind all history. The evolution of credit and debt was as important as any technological innovation in the rise of civilization, from ancient Babylon to the silver mines of Bolivia. Banks provided the material basis for the splendours of the Italian Renaissance, while the bond market was the decisive factor in conflicts from the Seven Years' War to the American Civil War. With the clarity and verve for which he is famed, Niall Ferguson explains why the origins of the French Revolution lie in a stock market bubble caused by a convicted Scots murderer. He shows how financial failure turned Argentina from the world's sixth richest country into an inflation-ridden basket case - and how a financial revolution is propelling the world's most populous country from poverty to power in a single generation. Yet the most important 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
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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
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
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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
About: Bread, cash, dosh, dough, loot: Call it what you like, it matters.
Paperback
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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
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
Miscellaneous
from Penguin USA (November 13, 2008)
9781440653988 | details & prices | 448 pages | List price $9.99

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