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The Ascent of Money | [Niall Ferguson]
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The Ascent of Money

Bread, cash, dosh, dough, loot: 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 labour. But in The Ascent of Money, Niall Ferguson shows that finance is in fact the foundation of human progress. What's more, he reveals financial history as the essential back-story behind all history.
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Bread, cash, dosh, dough, loot: 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 labour. But in The Ascent of Money, Niall Ferguson shows that finance is in fact the foundation of human progress. What's more, he reveals financial history as the essential back-story behind all history.

©2008 Niall Ferguson; (P)2009 WF Howes Ltd

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    Tim High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom 05/03/2011
    Tim High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom 05/03/2011
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    "Excellent Car Journey Material"

    As I work in a bank for my day job, I was dreading listening to this in the journey to & from work as I thought it would feel like an extension of my job, or like extra curricular revision of a dry, boring subject.

    Fortunately it turned out to be a fascinatingly insightful tale of all things financial, with a compelling (if slightly posh narrator) & a rich collection of stories & anecdotes to illustrate each of its chapters.

    Covering all aspects of finance, from notes & coin through to bonds & insurance, I found it captivating & educational in equal measure. Of the stories, the most interesting ones were about the founding of the bond market in the ever-feuding principalities of Renaissance Italy and also the ones concerning the foundation of companies (including an explanation of how they began in 17th 18th Century Holland, through to the collapse of Enron).

    Although it may seem subjects such as coinage & insurance would be dreadfully dull, somehow they made exciting by stories from history & modern times.

    And, as someone who works in the finance industry, I would thoroughly recommend this to expert & financial illiterate alike, as it covers the topic of money in a thorough, but simple way.

    If the evidence of our burgeoning budget deficit is anything to go by, then people in the country could do with listening to this on the way to work...

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Niall Longniddry, East Lothian, United Kingdom 16/03/2010
    Niall Longniddry, East Lothian, United Kingdom 16/03/2010
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    "Eye Opening"

    I have really enjoyed this book and find myself re-listening occasionally. If you have an interest in finance and financial matters this is an eye opening listen.

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    michael No 25 spalding avenue, United Kingdom 10/07/2013
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    If you could sum up The Ascent of Money in three words, what would they be?

    concise, epic. educating


    What other book might you compare The Ascent of Money to, and why?

    Any other book by Niall Ferguson


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There was no specific section that stands out it is the over view the book provides that is most interesting


    Any additional comments?

    excellent audiobook, very interesting,

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    JONAH8208 St Martins, United Kingdom 23/12/2012
    JONAH8208 St Martins, United Kingdom 23/12/2012 Member Since 2011

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    "Interesting but not for fun"

    This book I found really interesting but unless you are into Finance and have a good understanding of basic economics then this will probably not be your thing. It is however an excellent grounding in the history, use and eventual total reliance of all mankind on an abstract concept which we all collectively choose to believe is worth exchanging our goods and services for.



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    "Clears so many part of the financial puzzle"

    The book unravels in a fascinating & simple manner the intircacies of today's financial world. Its specially helpful for the non financial guys but will help people with financial knowledge to appreicate the history of financial products. A very good listen/read overall.

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