Beef Up Your Understanding Of The Economic Crisis

January 8, 2009

If anyone can help explain the details and background of the current economic crisis, it’s Harvard economic historian, Niall (pronounced neel) Ferguson.  His new book: The Ascent Of Money: a financial history of the world, is the basis of a new documentary on PBS of the same name which will air on Tuesday, January 13th at 8p.m.–check your local listings. There will be an expanded 4-hour version on PBS later in 2009.

Ferguson’s book tracks the evolution of finance from Italy’s merchant princes up to the current crisis. Included are clear and articulate definitions of key phrases, descriptions of people who’ve played major roles as well as a close look at the current  “marriage of convenience” between the United States and China. Other books by Ferguson include: The War Of The World: twentieth-century conflict and the descent of the west, Colossus: the rise and fall of the American empire, and Empire: the rise and demise of the British world order and the lessons for global power.