Niall Ferguson

Niall Ferguson

Historian, Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution and Best-Selling Author

An accomplished speaker, Ferguson’s presentations are celebrated for their scintillating wit and their analytical clarity. Niall is formerly Laurence A. Tisch Professor of History at Harvard University. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, and a Senior Research Fellow at Jesus College, Oxford, and has published twelve books. His most recent book is ‘The Square and the Tower: Networks, Hierarchies and the Struggle for Global Power‘ which tackles the Illuminati, social media, and everything in between. A prolific commentator on contemporary politics and economics, Niall is a contributing editor for Bloomberg TV.


Niall Ferguson is an internationally acclaimed author.  His first book, ‘Paper and Iron: Hamburg Business and German Politics in the Era of Inflation 1897-1927‘, was short-listed for the History Today Book of the Year award, while the collection of essays he edited, ‘Virtual History: Alternatives and Counterfactuals‘, was a UK bestseller. In 1998 he published to international critical acclaim ‘The Pity of War: Explaining World War One‘ and ‘The World’s Banker: The History of the House of Rothschild‘. The latter won the Wadsworth Prize for Business History and was also short-listed for the Jewish Quarterly/Wingate Literary Award and the American National Jewish Book Award. In 2001, after a year as Houblon-Norman Fellow at the Bank of England, he published ‘The Cash Nexus: Money and Power in the Modern World, 1700-2000‘.

Niall is also  a regular contributor to television and radio on both sides of the Atlantic.

His book, ‘Civilization: The West and the Rest‘, was the basis for a PBS/Channel 4 documentary series,  while ‘Empire: The Rise and Demise of the British World Order and the Lessons for Global Power’ was written to accompany another Channel 4 programme on the British Empire. The book was a bestseller and the sequel, ‘Colossus: The Rise and Fall of the American Empire‘, published in 2004, prompted TIME magazine to name him one of the 100 most influential people in the world.

Two years later he published ‘The War of the World: Twentieth-Century Conflict and the Descent of the West’, a television adaptation of which was screened by PBS. ‘The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World‘ followed in 2008 and was also a PBS series, winning the International Emmy award for Best Documentary.


Civilization: The West and the Rest

The Great Degeneration: How Institutions Decay and Economies Die and Civilization

Can Europe Collapse? And Might America Be Next?

Those With Guns and Those Who Dig: The World Economy After the Crisis

Degeneration and Regeneration after the Global Financial Crisis

Globalization: Past, Present and Possible Futures

Political Risk and the Global Business Environment

Business Empires: How Big Companies Rise and Fall

Is This the Chinese Century?

The Clash of Civilizations and the Scramble for Commodities




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