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    • 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 277
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 238
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 239

    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
    • excellent

    • By Elaine on 01-01-18

    Regular price: £23.99

    • 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 210
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 160
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 158

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Very entertaining, interesting and informative

    • By Tom on 28-04-12

    Regular price: £24.00

    • 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 180
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 163
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 160

    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?

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • thought provoking and timely

    • By Olly Buxton on 22-10-17

    Regular price: £23.99

    • The Ascent of Money

    • By: Niall Ferguson
    • Narrated by: Hugh Ross
    • Length: 12 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 334
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 244
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 239

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Structure and origins of the financial world

    • By Judy Corstjens on 10-04-15

    Regular price: £19.99

    • 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
      4.5 out of 5 stars 62
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 51
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 52

    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
    • Brilliant

    • By Frank Bowman on 07-12-17

    Regular price: £29.99

    • Kissinger

    • 1923-1968: The Idealist
    • By: Niall Ferguson
    • Narrated by: Roy McMillan
    • Length: 33 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 24
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 22
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 22

    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
    • Much more than an autobiography.

    • By Jason on 09-03-18

    Regular price: £29.99

    • The Great Degeneration

    • By: Niall Ferguson
    • Narrated by: Paul Slack
    • Length: 4 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 37
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 30
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 30

    Symptoms of decline are all around us today, it seems: slowing growth, crushing debts, aging populations, anti-social behaviour. But what exactly is amiss with Western civilization? The answer, Niall Ferguson argues, is that our institutions - the intricate frameworks within which a society can flourish or fail - are degenerating. To arrest the degeneration of the West's civilization, Ferguson warns, will take heroic leadership and radical reform.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Buy the hard copy

    • By Judy Corstjens on 09-05-15

    Regular price: £8.69

    • 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 19
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 15
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 15

    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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Not aimed at the small DIY investor

    • By Bus on 26-10-14

    Regular price: £24.19

    • 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 71
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 40
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 36

    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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • A fine book but better to read than listen to it

    • By Tom on 12-04-12

    Regular price: £36.69

    • 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 123
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 73
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 70

    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
    • Unexpected pleasure

    • By Mr. J. Fanning on 14-06-12

    Regular price: £20.00

    • 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 out of 5 stars 32
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 28
    • Story
      4 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
    • Decent short overview of history of money

    • By Petrit on 18-06-17

    Regular price: £17.99

    • 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 91
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 46
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 45

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Brilliant and Eye Opening

    • By Niall on 25-06-10

    Regular price: £11.99