Civilization: The Six Ways the West Beat the Rest Hardcover – 3 Mar 2011
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Ferguson is the most brilliant British historian of his generation ... he writes with splendid panache (The Times)
One of the world's leading historians (Hamish McRae Independent)
Civilization is another masterpiece ... a pulsing energy suffuses his account [and] fascinating facts burst like fireworks on every page (Dominic Lawson Sunday Times)
This is sharp. It feels urgent. Ferguson, with a properly financially literate mind, twists his knife with great literary brio (Andrew Marr Financial Times)
A dazzling history of Western ideas (Economist)
About the Author
Niall Ferguson is one of Britain's most renowned historians. He is the Laurence A. Tisch Professor of History at Harvard University, a Senior Fellow of the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, and a Visiting Professor at Tsinghua University, Beijing. He has written fourteen books, including The House of Rothschild, Empire, The War of the World, The Ascent of Money, The Great Degeneration and Kissinger, 1923-1968: The Idealist. His many prizes include the Benjamin Franklin Prize for Public Service (2010), the Hayek Prize for Lifetime Achievement (2012) and the Ludwig Erhard Prize for Economic Journalism (2013).
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This book is entertaining and thought provoking.
(Oh, and there are a couple of geek "Easter Eggs" near the end of the book; a reference to Sid Meir's Civilization, and a subtle reference to Star Wars.)