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    • The Square and the Tower

    • Networks and Power, from the Freemasons to Facebook
    • By: Niall Ferguson
    • Narrated by: Elliot Hill
    • Length: 17 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 550
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 480
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 478

    Most history is hierarchical: it's about emperors, presidents, prime ministers, and field marshals. It's about states, armies, and corporations. It's about orders from on high. Even history "from below" is often about trade unions and workers' parties. But what if that's simply because hierarchical institutions create the archives that historians rely on? What if we are missing the informal, less well documented social networks that are the true sources of power and drivers of change?

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Power? Does it come from hierarchies or networks?

    • By Ted on 04-25-18

    Regular price: $35.00

    • The House of Rothschild, Volume 1

    • Money's Prophets: 1798-1848
    • By: Niall Ferguson
    • Narrated by: Alexander Adams
    • Length: 28 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 2
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      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 1

    In his rich and nuanced portrait of the remarkable, elusive Rothschild family, Niall Ferguson uncovers the secrets behind the family's phenomenal economic success. He reveals for the first time the details of the family's vast political network, which gave it access to and influence over many of the greatest statesmen of the age. And he tells a family saga, tracing the importance of unity and the profound role of Judaism in the lives of a dynasty that rose from the confines of the Frankfurt ghetto and later used its influence to assist oppressed Jews throughout Europe. 

    Regular price: $45.50

    • The Ascent of Money

    • A Financial History of the World
    • By: Niall Ferguson
    • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
    • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 2,660
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 1,616
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1,604

    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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • An informative grind

    • By Sigil on 01-08-12

    Regular price: $24.99

    • Empire

    • How Britain Made the Modern World
    • By: Niall Ferguson
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
    • Length: 16 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 525
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 469
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 465

    Once vast swathes of the globe were coloured imperial red, and Britannia ruled not just the waves but the prairies of America, the plains of Asia, the jungles of Africa and the deserts of Arabia. Just how did a small, rainy island in the North Atlantic achieve all this? And why did the empire on which the sun literally never set finally decline and fall? Niall Ferguson's acclaimed Empire brilliantly unfolds the imperial story in all its splendours and its miseries.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Such a great listen - What a History Lesson

    • By Dorothy on 11-04-17

    Regular price: $25.58

    • The Pity of War

    • Explaining World War One
    • By: Niall Ferguson
    • Narrated by: Graeme Malcolm
    • Length: 21 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 326
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 242
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 240

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Written for Social Science Wonks -Patience needed!

    • By gerry on 10-09-15

    Regular price: $26.57

    • Civilization

    • The West and the Rest
    • By: Niall Ferguson
    • Narrated by: Niall Ferguson
    • Length: 13 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,804
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 1,547
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1,533

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Thoughtful analysis of the ascendancy of the West.

    • By Patrick on 05-25-13

    Regular price: $24.49

    • The Meaning of Kissinger

    • By: Niall Ferguson
    • Narrated by: Kevin Stillwell
    • Length: 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4

    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.

    Regular price: $1.95

    • The Great Degeneration

    • How Institutions Decay and Economics Die
    • By: Niall Ferguson
    • Narrated by: Paul Slack
    • Length: 4 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 178
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 151
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 151

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Superb as always!

    • By Ivanhoe on 08-28-17

    Regular price: $20.99

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

    • By: Steven Drobny, Niall Ferguson
    • Narrated by: James Langton
    • Length: 13 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 162
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 141
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 137

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Definitely Top of the list

    • By XEVEN on 09-22-13

    Regular price: $24.95

    • Kissinger

    • 1923-1968: The Idealist
    • By: Niall Ferguson
    • Narrated by: Roy McMillan
    • Length: 33 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 29
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 28
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 28

    Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Kissinger: The Idealist by Niall Ferguson, read by Roy McMillan. No American statesman has been as revered and as reviled as Henry Kissinger. Hailed by some as the 'indispensable man' whose advice has been sought by every president from John F. Kennedy to George W. Bush, Kissinger has also attracted immense hostility from critics who have cast him as an amoral Machiavellian - the ultimate cold-blooded 'realist'.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent narrative & narrator

    • By William Tutt on 10-10-17

    Regular price: $31.97

    • Dead Aid

    • Why Aid Is Not Working and How There Is a Better Way for Africa
    • By: Dambisa Moyo, Niall Ferguson - foreword
    • Narrated by: Mike Chamberlain
    • Length: 6 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
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    A national best-seller, Dead Aid unflinchingly confronts one of the greatest myths of our time: that billions of dollars in aid sent from wealthy countries to developing African nations has helped to reduce poverty and increase growth. In fact, poverty levels continue to escalate and growth rates have steadily declined - and millions continue to suffer. Debunking the current model of international aid promoted by both Hollywood celebrities and policy makers, Dambisa Moyo offers a bold new road map for financing the development of the world's poorest countries.  

    Regular price: $13.99

    • Empire

    • By: Niall Ferguson
    • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
    • Length: 15 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 13
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 13

    The British Empire was the largest in all history: the nearest thing to global domination ever achieved. The world we know today is in large measure the product of Britain's age of empire. The global spread of capitalism, telecommunications, the English language, and the institutions of representative government - all these can be traced back to the extraordinary expansion of Britain's economy, population, and culture from the 17th century until the mid-20th. On a vast and vividly colored canvas, Empire shows how the British Empire acted as midwife to modernity.

    Regular price: $22.95

    • The Ascent of Money

    • A Financial History of the World
    • By: Niall Ferguson
    • Narrated by: Gareth Armstrong
    • Length: 5 hrs and 50 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 32
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 28
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 28

    The abridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Niall Ferguson's epic history, The Ascent of Money. Behind each great historical phenomenon there lies a financial secret - Niall Ferguson uncovers the hidden stories behind history. Bread, cash, dosh, dough, loot. Call it what you like, it matters now more than ever. In The Ascent of Money, Niall Ferguson shows that finance is the foundation of all human progress and the lifeblood of history.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • The Money history is too BIG for just a Book

    • By Eduardo Ribas Fontana on 03-21-18

    Regular price: $19.18

    • Kissinger: Volume I

    • 1923-1968: The Idealist
    • By: Niall Ferguson
    • Narrated by: Malcolm Hillgartner
    • Length: 34 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 228
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 204
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 203

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Paradigm Shift Alert!

    • By LHM on 10-19-15

    Regular price: $29.99

    • The Square and the Tower

    • Networks, Hierarchies and the Struggle for Global Power
    • By: Niall Ferguson
    • Narrated by: John Sackville
    • Length: 16 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 23
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 18
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 19

    What if everything we thought we knew about history was wrong? From the global best-selling author of Empire, The Ascent of Money and Civilization, this is a whole new way of looking at the world. Most history is hierarchical: it's about popes, presidents, and prime ministers. But what if that's simply because they create the historical archives? What if we are missing equally powerful but less visible networks-leaving them to the conspiracy theorists, with their dreams of all-powerful Illuminati?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Awesome interesting book, but the narrator pronounced so many things wrong!

    • By Jan Sapper on 04-20-18

    Regular price: $25.58

    • The War of the World

    • History's Age of Hatred
    • By: Niall Ferguson
    • Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
    • Length: 34 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 5
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 4

    The world at the beginning of the 20th century seemed for most of its inhabitants stable and relatively benign. Globalising, 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 brutalised 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. What went wrong?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent book. Insightful but not hysterical.

    • By Angus Black on 08-01-18

    Regular price: $31.97

    • High Financier

    • The Lives and Time of Siegmund Warburg
    • By: Niall Ferguson
    • Narrated by: James Langton
    • Length: 17 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 59
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 38
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 38

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A gem, if you are interested in these topics

    • By Philo on 09-22-14

    Regular price: $27.99

    • Civilization

    • The West and the Rest
    • By: Niall Ferguson
    • Narrated by: Niall Ferguson
    • Length: 13 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 55
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 49
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 47

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Oooh, me accent's slippin'!

    • By scmathew on 03-31-13

    Regular price: $25.59

    • Empire: The Rise and Demise of the British World Order

    • By: Niall Ferguson
    • Narrated by: Niall Ferguson
    • Length: 6 hrs and 7 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 40
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 35
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 34

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Fantastic introduction to the British empire

    • By Jean-sebastien Goyette on 12-01-11

    Regular price: $21.32

    • The War of the World

    • History's Age of Hatred
    • By: Niall Ferguson
    • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
    • Length: 7 hrs and 21 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 38
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 22
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 22

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Fresh History

    • By Elanjelian on 01-18-10

    Regular price: $12.78

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