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The Ascent of Money

A Financial History of the World
Narrated by: Gareth Armstrong
Length: 5 hrs and 50 mins
Categories: History, World
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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. From the cash injection that funded the Italian Renaissance to the stock market bubble that sparked the French Revolution, from the bonds that fuelled Britain's war effort to the Wall Street Crash and today's meltdown, this is the story of boom and bust as it's never been told before. Whether you're scraping by or rolling in it, there's no better time to understand the ascent of money.

©2010 Niall Ferguson (P)2017 Penguin Audiobooks

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Fantastic review of history and nicely narrated

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It was a well-paced, easy listen full of amazing monetary-related historical facts and warnings for current times.

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  • Ahmad
  • 21-03-2017

Old Version

Only wrong thing about this book is its audio version is either too old or too short.

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  • Eduardo Ribas Fontana
  • 21-03-2018

The Money history is too BIG for just a Book

I think the Money history is so BIG that is virtually impossible to fit it in just one book. It would maybe fit better in two or three volumes. The story is really well written and estruturas, but it is also too superficial mainly on themes from the14th tô the 18th century.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 16-05-2020

A must read for

I loved it. The book explains in easy to understand detail ho the world's financial systems have evolved. I feel this should be mandatory reading for most.

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  • Petrit
  • 18-06-2017

Decent short overview of history of money

I think I'll have to listen to the book again, it is not a gripping listen so my attention drifted from the narration. Still it's a good overview of history of money.

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  • Hasnat Safder
  • 10-12-2019

Okayish book, far too repetitive.

Too many repetitions for same thing, story went from one direction to other quickly. Otherwise some good points were made throughout the book.

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  • Daniel Newport
  • 18-01-2019

Not a book about money

This is a book about finance, and big finance at that. Largely ignored the role of money in changing and shaping human behaviour for the great majority. Or it’s ever increasing role in guiding real tangible investment. Instead it is a singular take on the development of intangible financial markets and their treatment of risk.

I read this book as a trained economist - as a layman it would be near impossible to follow properly. While the odd concept or term is explained in depth, the author often resorts to peppering his account with terminology that requires a depth of understanding and context not presented.

The ground covered is interesting and at times lively, but is extremely partial and in many areas to opinionated to properly be called a “history”. Buyer beware.