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A richly original look at the origins of money and how it makes the world go ?round

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.

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The Ascent of Money
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A nice summary of financial history
November 12th, 2014
This book goes through the creation of money and capital and how it evolved to the way we know and use it today. It's an easy read as it clearly moves through a summary of the history of finances. Great for anyone that wants an introduction into the history of money.
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