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The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World Hardcover – 30 Oct 2008

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  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Allen Lane; First Edition / Second Impression edition (30 Oct. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846141060
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846141065
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 4.1 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 146 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 241,195 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'Every page has the Ferguson hallmarks of trenchant argument, telling detail and lucid explanation ... Ferguson's analysis is more illuminating than all the dozens of newspaper articles I have read on the subject.' -- Standpoint

'Ferguson's powers are on formidable display ... Alone among modern economic historians, he is able to present complex data in a consistently revelatory manner.' -- Observer

'Ferguson's reputation is so high that if he were a stock one would short him ... his book is very readable indeed' -- James Buchan, Guardian

'From clay tables to loan securitisation, this fine history reveals trust as central to the power of finance ... told with verve and insight ... [Niall Ferguson] is a fine analyst of the financial vertebrae that make up the backbone of human history' -- Daily Telegraph

'Highly readable stuff ... extraordinarily timely' -- Spectator

'Professor Ferguson is not only one of the world's leading historians. He has written a number of books on financial themes and tackles his complex subject with great clarity and wit.'
-- Independent

`Niall Ferguson has written a fascinating, accessible, and important book that lives up to its rather grandiose title ... It goes from cowrie shells to mortgage-backed securities, and everything in between ... this is an exceptional book.' -- Michael Casey, Irish Times

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`Niall Ferguson has written a fascinating, accessible, and important book that lives up to its rather grandiose title ... It goes from cowrie shells to mortgage-backed securities, and everything in between ... this is an exceptional book.'

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