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The Ascent of Money | [Niall Ferguson]

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...

    6 of 6 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 Member Since 2009
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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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    M Wakefield, United Kingdom 06/06/2014
    M Wakefield, United Kingdom 06/06/2014 Member Since 2012

    I'm a singing songwriting postie living in Yorkshire. Sometimes I like to be challenged by a book, and sometimes I just want to lose myself.

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    "Money, money, money. It's so funny ..."

    I'm still none the wiser as to how the financial world's complex creations actually work, or how the Masters of The Universe get away with what seems to me to be nothing but gambling, but this book did challenge my general view that the econosphere is basically evil and bad for society in general. The rise of civilisation - seen through the prism of the financial markets - is certainly dependent on the movement of huge amounts of cash, and there's no doubting that our general prosperity and way of life is, to a large degree, due to the evolution of the markets, but what is certain is that the folks at the top of the money pile need a whole lot of regulation and accountability so as to reign in their all-too-human tendencies to get carried away with their schemes. A very interesting and thought-provoking book, well narrated.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    JONAH8208 23/12/2012
    JONAH8208 23/12/2012

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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.



    J

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    researchschoar 21/09/2014
    researchschoar 21/09/2014

    finance, economics ,mathamatics and nonfiction reader.

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    "Very interesting info about complex topic"
    Would you listen to The Ascent of Money again? Why?

    Complex topic made simple and interestingEvolution kf banking shstem, stock market, bond market and its impact of world events narrated in enjoyabk listening manner


    What about Hugh Ross’s performance did you like?

    Yes


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Not in one sitting but i found it interesting enuf to continue when i get opportunity to choose a listning book


    Any additional comments?

    Intried the paperback version of the book earlier, it was a boring experience so i was skeptical to purchase this as an audio, but because audible allows returns i though of taking a risk. It paid off:)
    Had i bn shy, i wd have missed grt pool of knowledge

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 13/09/2014 Member Since 2009
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    "Not dull, well worth a read/listen-"

    Some of the history of banking and insurance was completely new to me and gave me a new understanding of the world of finance and its justification for existence.
    In the sections on recent financial stupidities I was familiar with most of the factual material but enjoyed a slightly different slant.
    Bit of repetition - was this a TV programme?

    Agree on the whole with another reviewer that it is a good car book but I lost a few paragraphs where the necessarily dry reading and reading matter lost out to concentrating on driving. This audiobook more than most made me wish I could rewind shorter sections.

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    michael No 25 spalding avenue, United Kingdom 10/07/2013
    michael No 25 spalding avenue, United Kingdom 10/07/2013
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    "Fascinating"
    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,

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • Manpreet
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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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