Saturday, January 31, 2009


Harvard economic historian, Niall Ferguson, has written an accessible and entertaining survey of the history and workings of the financial system entitled: The Ascent of Money-A Financial History of the World.

I recently read Ferguson’s book and I would recommend it to any curious student as way of tackling the question of what money is and the roots of the current economic crisis.

Professor Ferguson has teamed up with PBS to produce an engaging video version of the Ascent of Money. The two hour version is available on the PBS website by clicking here. This is a great resource for macro minds who want to go beyond the text book treatment of money.

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