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The Square and the Tower Niall Ferguson

The Square and the Tower By Niall Ferguson

The Square and the Tower by Niall Ferguson


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The Square and the Tower Summary

The Square and the Tower: Networks, Hierarchies and the Struggle for Global Power by Niall Ferguson

The New York Times bestseller

'Silicon Valley needed a history lesson and Ferguson has provided it' Eric Schmidt

What if everything we thought we knew about history was wrong? From Niall Ferguson, the global bestselling author of Empire, The Ascent of Money and Civilization, this is a whole new way of imagining the world.

Most history is hierarchical: it's about popes, presidents, and prime ministers. But what if that's simply because they create the historical archives? What if we are missing equally powerful but less visible networks - leaving them to the conspiracy theorists, with their dreams of all-powerful Illuminati?

The twenty-first century has been hailed as the Networked Age. But in The Square and the Tower Niall Ferguson argues that social networks are nothing new. From the printers and preachers who made the Reformation to the freemasons who led the American Revolution, it was the networkers who disrupted the old order of popes and kings. Far from being novel, our era is the Second Networked Age, with the computer in the role of the printing press. Once we understand this, both the past, and the future, start to look very different indeed.

'Ambitious and illuminating ... the historian who more than most connects our age to its past' Evening Standard, Books of the Year

'Captivating and compelling' The New York Times

'Niall Ferguson has again written a brilliant book ... In 400 pages you will have restocked your mind. Do it' Wall Street Journal

The Square and the Tower Reviews

Silicon Valley needed a history lesson and Ferguson has provided it -- Eric Schmidt
Niall Ferguson writes big, muscular books with high-concept ideas that target current concerns through the prism of the past. They are pull-yourself-together warnings to the present by way of arresting historical precedent... Ferguson's breadth of learning is impressive -- Andrew Anthony * Guardian *
This is an immensely stimulating historical tour d'horizon...an absorbing Cook's tour of the past combined with an illuminating polemic about the current digital revolution. -- David Goodhart * Standpoint *

About Niall Ferguson

Niall Ferguson is a Senior Fellow of the Hoover Institution, Stanford, and a Senior Fellow of the Center for European Studies, Harvard. He is also a Visiting Professor at Tsinghua University, Beijing, and the Diller-von Furstenberg Family Foundation Distinguished Scholar at the Nitze School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, DC. He has written fourteen books, including The House of Rothschild, Empire, The War of the World, The Ascent of Money, The Great Degeneration and Kissinger, 1923-1968: The Idealist.

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GOR008702878
9780241290460
0241290465
The Square and the Tower: Networks, Hierarchies and the Struggle for Global Power by Niall Ferguson
Used - Very Good
Hardback
Penguin Books Ltd
2017-10-05
608
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