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Niall Campbell Ferguson is a Scottish-American historian who works as a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution. Previously, he was a professor at Harvard University and New York University, was also a senior research fellow at Jesus College, Oxford, and a visiting professor at the New College of the Humanities.
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The Square and the Tower
Networks and Power, from the Freemasons to Facebook
Niall Ferguson - Jan 16, 2018 (first published in 2017)
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The instant New York Times bestseller. A brilliant recasting of the turning points in world history, including the one we're living through, as a collision between old power hierarchies and new social networks.“Captivating and compelling.” —The New York Times"Niall Ferguson has again written a brilliant book...In 400 pages you will have restocked y...
Niall Ferguson
Jun 25, 2021
The book sought to introduce network science to readers of history:      source
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The Son Also Rises
Surnames and the History of Social Mobility (The Princeton Economic History of the Western World, 49)
Gregory Clark - Feb 23, 2014 (first published in 2004)
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How much of our fate is tied to the status of our parents and grandparents? How much does it influence our children? More than we wish to believe. While it has been argued that rigid class structures have eroded in favor of greater social equality, The Son Also Rises proves that movement on the social ladder has changed little over eight centuries....
Niall Ferguson
Feb 22, 2021
For the @GlasgowGuardian to call Greg Clark a "eugenicist" is grotesque. He is a brilliant and original economic historian, whose books "A Farewell to Alms" and "The Son Also Rises" I highly recommend:      source
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A Farewell to Alms
A Brief Economic History of the World
Gregory Clark - Aug 13, 2007
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Why are some parts of the world so rich and others so poor? Why did the Industrial Revolution--and the unprecedented economic growth that came with it--occur in eighteenth-century England, and not at some other time, or in some other place? Why didn't industrialization make the whole world rich--and why did it make large parts of the world even poo...
Niall Ferguson
Feb 22, 2021
For the @GlasgowGuardian to call Greg Clark a "eugenicist" is grotesque. He is a brilliant and original economic historian, whose books "A Farewell to Alms" and "The Son Also Rises" I highly recommend:      source
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The Evolutionary Origins of a Good Society
Nicholas A. Christakis - Mar 26, 2019
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For too long, scientists have focused on the dark side of our biological heritage: our capacity for aggression, cruelty, prejudice, and self-interest. But natural selection has given us a suite of beneficial social features, including our capacity for love, friendship, cooperation, and learning. Beneath all of our inventions -- our tools, farms, ma...
Niall Ferguson
Apr 02, 2019
I cannot recommend too highly the new book by @NAChristakis: One of the finest -- and most humane -- minds of our time.      source
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The Unraveling
High Hopes and Missed Opportunities in Iraq
Emma Sky - Apr 07, 2015
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One of the New York Times' 100 Notable Books of 2015One of Financial Times' Books of the Year, 2015A New York Times Editors' ChoiceA New Statesman [UK] Essential Book of the Year 2015A Times [UK] Book of the Year 2015Shortlisted for the 2015 Samuel Johnson Prize for NonfictionShortlisted for the 2016 Orwell PrizeWhen Emma Sky volunteered to help re...
Niall Ferguson
Jul 12, 2015
A book every American and Briton needs to read, by a woman braver than nearly all of us. The Unraveling, by Emma Sky      source
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The Buried Giant
Kazuo Ishiguro - Jan 05, 2016 (first published in 2015)
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In post-Arthurian Britain, the wars that once raged between the Saxons and the Britons have finally ceased. Axl and Beatrice, an elderly British couple, set off to visit their son, whom they havent seen in years. And, because a strange mist has caused mass amnesia throughout the land, they can scarcely remember anything about him. As they are joine...
Niall Ferguson
Mar 14, 2015
Reading Kazuo Ishiguro's The Buried Giant. I am more enthralled than I have been by a book in a long time. Profound meditation on memory.      source