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The ascent of money : a financial history of the world

Author: Niall Ferguson
Publisher: London : Allen Lane, 2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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. 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. But historian Ferguson shows that finance is in fact the foundation of human progress. What's more, he reveals financial history  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Niall Ferguson
ISBN: 9781846141065 1846141060 9781846141928 1846141923 9781594201929 1594201927 9780141035482 014103548X 9781410415332 1410415333
OCLC Number: 237176823
Notes: TV tie-in.
Awards: Short-listed for Galaxy British Book Awards: Play.com Popular Non-Fiction Award 2009
Description: 441 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Contents: Dreams of avarice --
Of human bondage --
Blowing bubbles --
The return of risk --
Safe as houses --
From empire to Chimerica --
The descent of money.
Responsibility: by Niall Ferguson.

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Shows that finance is in fact the foundation of human progress. This book reveals financial history as the essential back-story behind all history. It explains why the origins of the French  Read more...

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