Books by Niall Ferguson
NPR stories about Niall Ferguson
Historians have long struggled to explain how the West became the preeminent political and economic force in the modern world. In Civilization, historian Niall Ferguson credits six "killer apps" and explains how China is quickly catching on — and catching up.
Author Susan Jane Gilman recommends two books — Niall Ferguson's The Ascent of Money and Alan Beattie's False Economy — to help you unravel the economic crisis.
In his new book The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World, historian Niall Ferguson argues that money, in its many forms, is the "root of most human progress." He traces money's evolution from Mesopotamia to modern microfinance.
Within weeks after Sept. 11, such terms as "jihadist" and "war on terror" entered the American English lexicon. Understanding the political impact of that language may shed light on some of the geopolitical fractures that have come to define the early 21st century.