The Ascent of Money

The Ascent of Money-book cover

Niall Ferguson follows the money to tell the human story behind the evolution of our financial system, from its genesis in ancient Mesopotamia to the latest upheavals on what he calls Planet Finance. What's more, Ferguson reveals financial history as the essential backstory behind all history, arguing that the evolution of credit and debt was as important as any technological innovation in the rise of civilization. As Ferguson traces the crisis from ancient Egypt's Memphis to today's Chongqing, he offers bold and compelling new insights into the rise and fall of not just money but Western power as well.

Author(s): Niall Ferguson
ISBN: 9780143116172
Publisher: Penguin
Published: October 2009
Number of Pages: 448