The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World by Niall FergusonNiall Ferguson follows the money to tell the human story behind the evolution of finance, from its origins in ancient Mesopotamia to the latest upheavals on what he calls Planet Finance. Bread, cash, dosh, dough, loot, lucre, moolah, readies, the wherewithal: Call it what you like, it matters. To Christians, love of it is the root of all evil. To generals, itís the sinews of war. To revolutionaries, itís the chains of labor. But in The Ascent of Money, Niall Ferguson shows that finance is in fact the foundation of human progress. Whatís more, he reveals financial history as the essential backstory behind all history. With the clarity and verve for which he is known, Ferguson elucidates key financial institutions and concepts by showing where they came from. What is money? What do banks do? Whatís the difference between a stock and a bond? Why buy insurance or real estate? And what exactly does a hedge fund do? This is history for the present. Ferguson travels to post-Katrina New Orleans to ask why the free market canít provide adequate protection against catastrophe. He delves into the origins of the subprime mortgage crisis.
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These 11 footnotes should get you ready for a 35th anniversary screening. Brooks hired him to narrate the five major segments that make up the film. But by noon on the first day, Welles had recorded every single one of his lines to perfection. After kicking himself for a few minutes, the funnyman asked Welles how he planned to spend the bounty. Working for a living legend was something the younger man would never forget. Brooks would cast the comic again in History of the World , this time as Chief Caveman, who has a zeal for music and slapstick.
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