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  • The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World | Niall Ferguson

    The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Niall Ferguson
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
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    Niall Ferguson follows the money to tell the human story behind the evolution of finance, from its origins in ancient Mesopotamia to the latest upheavals on what he calls Planet Finance. Bread, cash, dosh, dough, loot, lucre, moolah, readies, the wherewithal: Call it what you like, it matters. To Christians, love of it is the root of all evil. To generals, it's the sinews of war. To revolutionaries, it's the chains of labor. Niall Ferguson shows that finance is in fact the foundation of human progress.

    Ethan M. says: "A mostly successful and interesting history"
  • Civilization: The West and the Rest | Niall Ferguson

    Civilization: The West and the Rest

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Niall Ferguson
    • Narrated By Niall Ferguson
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    The rise to global predominance of Western civilization is the single most important historical phenomenon of the past five hundred years. All over the world, an astonishing proportion of people now work for Western-style companies, study at Western-style universities, vote for Western-style governments, take Western medicines, wear Western clothes, and even work Western hours. Yet six hundred years ago the petty kingdoms of Western Europe seemed unlikely to achieve much more than perpetual internecine warfare. It was Ming China or Ottoman Turkey that had the look of world civilizations.

    Patrick says: "Thoughtful analysis of the ascendancy of the West."
  • Kissinger: Volume I: 1923-1968: The Idealist | Niall Ferguson

    Kissinger: Volume I: 1923-1968: The Idealist

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Niall Ferguson
    • Narrated By Malcolm Hillgartner
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    No American statesman has been as revered and as reviled as Henry Kissinger. Once hailed as "Super-K" - the "indispensable man" whose advice has been sought by every president from Kennedy to Obama - he has also been hounded by conspiracy theorists, scouring his every "telcon" for evidence of Machiavellian malfeasance. Yet as Niall Ferguson shows in this magisterial biography, the idea of Kissinger as the ruthless arch-realist is based on a profound misunderstanding.

    米樂老人 says: "Paradigm Shift Alert!"
  • Inside the House of Money: Top Hedge Fund Traders on Profiting in the Global Markets | Steven Drobny,Niall Ferguson

    Inside the House of Money: Top Hedge Fund Traders on Profiting in the Global Markets

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Steven Drobny, Niall Ferguson
    • Narrated By James Langton
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    This updated edition of Inside the House of Money lifts the veil on the typically opaque world of hedge funds, offering a rare glimpse at how today's highest paid money managers approach their craft. Now with new commentary, author Steve Drobny takes you even further into the hedge fund industry. He demystifies how these star traders make billions for their well-heeled investors, revealing their theories, strategies and approaches to markets.

    XEVEN says: "Definitely Top of the list"
  • The Pity of War: Explaining World War One | Niall Ferguson

    The Pity of War: Explaining World War One

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Niall Ferguson
    • Narrated By Graeme Malcolm
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    In The Pity of War, Niall Ferguson makes a simple and provocative argument: that the human atrocity known as the Great War was entirely England's fault. Britain, according to Ferguson, entered into war based on nave assumptions of German aims-and England's entry into the war transformed a Continental conflict into a world war, which they then badly mishandled, necessitating American involvement.

    Michael says: "Excellent study"
  • The Great Degeneration: How Institutions Decay and Economics Die | Niall Ferguson

    The Great Degeneration: How Institutions Decay and Economics Die

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Niall Ferguson
    • Narrated By Paul Slack
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    Best-selling author and world-renowned historian Niall Ferguson has won widespread acclaim for thought-provoking works such as Civilization and High Financier. The Great Degeneration tackles nothing less than the decline of Western civilization. Ferguson posits that slowing growth, outrageous debt, and antisocial behavior are contributing to the erosion of the West’s once rock-solid foundations. Ferguson excavates the causes and shows how heroic leadership and radical reform are needed to right the course.

    irene says: "Good but short"
  • The War of the World: History's Age of Hatred | Niall Ferguson

    The War of the World: History's Age of Hatred

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Niall Ferguson
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett
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    The world at the beginning of the 20th century seemed, for most of its inhabitants, stable and relatively benign. Globalizing, booming economies married to technological breakthroughs seemed to promise a better world for most people. Instead, the 20th century proved to be overwhelmingly the most violent, frightening and brutalized in history with fanatical, often genocidal warfare engulfing most societies between the outbreak of the First World War and the end of the Cold War.

    Elanjelian says: "Fresh History"
  • High Financier: The Lives and Time of Siegmund Warburg | Niall Ferguson

    High Financier: The Lives and Time of Siegmund Warburg

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Niall Ferguson
    • Narrated By James Langton
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    In this groundbreaking new biography, based on more than 10,000 hitherto unavailable letters and diary entries, best-selling author Niall Ferguson returns to his roots as a financial historian to tell the story of Siegmund Warburg, an extraordinary man whose austere philosophy of finance offers much insight today.

    Phil O. says: "A gem, if you are interested in these topics"
  • Civilization: The West and the Rest | Niall Ferguson

    Civilization: The West and the Rest

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Niall Ferguson
    • Narrated By Niall Ferguson
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    If in the year 1411 you had been able to circumnavigate the globe, you would have been most impressed by the dazzling civilizations of the Orient. The Forbidden City was under construction in Ming Beijing; in the Near East, the Ottomans were closing in on Constantinople. By contrast, England would have struck you as a miserable backwater ravaged by plague, bad sanitation and incessant war. The other quarrelsome kingdoms of Western Europe - Aragon, Castile, France, Portugal and Scotland - would have seemed little better.

    scmathew says: "Oooh, me accent's slippin'!"
  • Empire: The Rise and Demise of the British World Order | Niall Ferguson

    Empire: The Rise and Demise of the British World Order

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Niall Ferguson
    • Narrated By Niall Ferguson
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    Ferguson's most revolutionary and popular work, this is a major reinterpretation of the British Empire as one of the world's greatest modernising forces. Based on the Channel Four series that will be aired simultaneously with the book, it shows on a vast canvas how the British Empire in the 19th century spearheaded real globalisation with steampower, telegraphs, guns, engineers, missionaries, and millions of settlers.

    Jean-sebastien Goyette says: "Fantastic introduction to the British empire"
  • The Descent of Finance (Harvard Business Review) | Niall Ferguson

    The Descent of Finance (Harvard Business Review)

    • UNABRIDGED (36 mins)
    • By Niall Ferguson
    • Narrated By Todd Mundt
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    Financial and economic historian, Niall Ferguson, writes about how the United States financial system will be a shadow of its former self once the economic crisis ends but America will be stronger than ever.

  • The Meaning of Kissinger | Niall Ferguson

    The Meaning of Kissinger

    • UNABRIDGED (27 mins)
    • By Niall Ferguson
    • Narrated By Kevin Stillwell
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    There are reasons other than his longevity why so many world leaders - among them the Chinese President Xi Jinping - continue to seek the counsel of Henry Kissinger, who stepped down as U.S. secretary of state close to four decades ago.

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