The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World

The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World Author Niall Ferguson
ISBN-10 0143116177
ISBN-13 9780143116172
Year 2009-10-27
Pages 448
Language English
Publisher Penguin Books
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A richly original look at the origins of money and how it makes the world go roundNiall Ferguson follows the money to tell the human story behind the evolution of our financial system from its genesis in ancient Mesopotamia to the latest upheavals on what he calls Planet Finance What s more Ferguson reveals financial history as the essential backstory behind all history arguing that the evolution of credit and debt was as important as any technological innovation in the rise of civilization As Ferguson traces the crisis from ancient Egypt s Memphis to today s Chongqing he offers bold and compelling new insights into the rise and fall of not just money but Western power as well

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