- Paperback: 560 pages
- Publisher: Penguin (5 May 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0241952255
- ISBN-13: 978-0241952252
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.4 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 302,859 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Virtual History: Alternatives and Counterfactuals Paperback – 5 May 2011
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Quite brilliant, inspiring for the layman and an enviable tour de force for the informed reader ... A wonderful book ... lucid, exciting and easy to read (Literary Review)
Ferguson constructs an entire scenario starting with Charles I's defeat of the Covenanters, running through three revolutions that did not happen and climaxing with the collapse of the West, ruled by an Anglo-American empire, in the face of a mighty transcontinental, tsarist Russian imperium ... A welcome, optimistic assault on an intellectual heresy (Sunday Times)
A talented and imaginative team who tackle with counterfactual verve a series of turning points (Daily Telegraph)
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 Research Fellow of the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, and a Visiting Professor at Tsinghua University in Beijing.
He is the author of Paper and Iron, The House of Rothschild, The Pity of War, The Cash Nexus, Empire, Colossus, The War of the World, The Ascent of Money, High Financier, Civilization and The Great Degeneration. His Kissinger, a feature-length film based on his interviews with Henry Kissinger, won the 2011 New York Film Festival prize for best documentary.
His many other prizes and awards 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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As an ex-historian myself in my first degree many years ago, I found this extremely interesting and plausible. Ferguson's use of modern science such as chaos theory and quantum mechanics and evolution is well-informed and also persuasive.
The introduction would be excellent, thought-provoking reading for a historian at A-level or International Bac level or in the first year or two of a university course. And of course for the general reader as well.
I have not yet read any of the eight actual counterfactuals and may comment or revise this review as I do so. But the book, for me, was worth reading for the introduction alone.Read more ›
I found it heavy going.
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This book was recommended to me because of it style of presentation, and so I bought two versions of the same book. Read morePublished on 29 Nov. 2013 by Mervyn O. Hagger