Niall Ferguson


Niall Ferguson, MA, DPhil, is Laurence A. Tisch Professor of History at Harvard University. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University.

He has published fourteen books. His first, Paper and Iron: Hamburg Business and German Politics in the Era of Inflation 1897-1927, was short-listed for the Longman-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 The Pity of War: Explaining World War One and The World?s Banker: The History of the House of Rothschild to international critical acclaim. The latter won the Wadsworth Prize for Business History and was also shortlisted for the Jewish Quarterly/Wingate Literary Award and the American National Jewish Book Award. In 2001, after a year as a Houblon-Norman Fellow at the Bank of England, he published The Cash Nexus: Money and Power in the Modern World, 1700-2000. His other books include Empire: The Rise and Demise of the British World Order and the Lessons for Global Power; Colossus: The Rise and Fall of the American Empire; The War of the World: Twentieth-Century Conflict and the Descent of the West; and The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World, which won the Handelszeitung Economics Book Prize. In 2011 he published Civilization: The West and the Rest.

An accomplished biographer, Ferguson is also the author of High Financier: The Lives and Time of Siegmund Warburg (2010) and is currently writing a life of Henry Kissinger. His most recent book is The Great Degeneration: How Institutions Decay and Economies Die.

His many prizes and awards include the Benjamin Franklin Prize for Public Service (2010), the Hayek Prize for Lifetime Achievement (2012) and the Ludwig Erhard Prize for Economic Journalism (2013).