Niall Ferguson

Milbank Family Senior Fellow
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Niall Ferguson, MA, DPhil, FRSE, is the Milbank Family Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, and a senior faculty fellow of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard. He is also a visiting professor at Tsinghua University, Beijing. He is the author of sixteen books, including The Pity of WarThe House of RothschildEmpireCivilization, and Kissinger, 1923–1968: The Idealist, which won the Council on Foreign Relations Arthur Ross Prize. He is an award-making filmmaker, too, having won an international Emmy for his PBS series The Ascent of Money. In 2020 he joined Bloomberg Opinion as a columnist. In addition, he is the founder and managing director of Greenmantle LLC, a New York–based advisory firm; a cofounding board member of Ualá, a Latin American financial technology company; and a trustee of both the New-York Historical Society and the London-based Centre for Policy Studies. His most recent book, The Square and the Tower, was published in the United States in 2018 and was a New York Times best seller. A three-part television adaptation, Niall Ferguson’s Networld, aired on PBS in March 2020. His next book, Doom: The Politics of Catastrophe, will be published in May 2021.

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Time For Recommendations For Summer Reading List

mentioning Niall Ferguson, Thomas Sowellvia Antelope Valley Press
Friday, June 4, 2021

You can get out and do things this summer but make time to read.

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What Happens Next? Gauging The Fallout From The Pandemic

featuring Niall Fergusonvia The Spectator
Thursday, June 3, 2021

What just happened? Some 15 months after the pandemic first struck, it’s still horribly unclear, which is perhaps why there have been no decent books making sense of COVID-19. This is not just about a virus but a collision of politics, panic, digital media, human behavior and incompetence.

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Niall Ferguson On The 'Politics Of Catastrophe'

interview with Niall Fergusonvia Between the Lines
Thursday, June 3, 2021

Hoover Institution fellow Niall Ferguson discusses the history of economics, society, culture, and the politics surrounding pandemics.

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Doom: The Politics Of Catastrophe – Niall Ferguson Explores Covid-19 And Other Disasters Of The Past, As Well As Those Yet To Come

featuring Niall Fergusonvia South China Morning Post
Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Ferguson’s latest book is devoted to putting Covid-19 in context, with comparisons with other plagues and catastrophes such as economic collapses and famines

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Niall Ferguson: The Politics Of Catastrophe

mentioning Niall Fergusonvia Commonwealth Club
Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Join us as Niall Ferguson offers an explanation of disaster response and strategies to make us better at handling the next catastrophe we will inevitably face.

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Niall Ferguson: Planning For Catastrophe

interview with Niall Fergusonvia Warfare
Friday, May 28, 2021
Hoover Institution fellow Niall Ferguson discusses whether it is possible to avoid disasters especially when they are inherently unpredictable.
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A Conversation With Niall Ferguson On The Politics Of Disasters & Catastrophe

interview with Niall Fergusonvia Thought Economics
Friday, May 28, 2021

Hoover Institution fellow Niall Ferguson talks about the politics of disaster and how we can build resilience.

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The Apocalypse We Deserve (W/ Niall Ferguson)

interview with Niall Fergusonvia Uncertain Things
Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Hoover Institution fellow Niall Ferguson explains why we are so fixated on the end times, and yet so woefully unprepared for catastrophe when it strikes. He also shared his theory on why historical thinking would better prepare us for disasters.

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GoodFellows: Glenn Loury: “A Man Of The West”

featuring John H. Cochrane, Niall Ferguson, Glenn Loury, H. R. McMaster, Bill Whalenvia Fellow Talks
Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Does elite thinking about the Black experience in America, as expressed via the teaching of critical race theory and the 1619 Project, benefit the descendants of slavery? Glenn Loury, a Hoover Institution distinguished visiting fellow and Brown University economist who writes frequently on racial inequality, joins Hoover senior fellows Niall Ferguson, H. R. McMaster, and John Cochrane to discuss the historical and economic arcs of race in America.

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Glenn Loury: “A Man Of The West”

interview with John H. Cochrane, Niall Ferguson, H. R. McMaster, Glenn Louryvia GoodFellows: Conversations From The Hoover Institution
Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Does elite thinking about the Black experience in America, as expressed via the teaching of critical race theory and the 1619 Project, benefit the descendants of slavery? Glenn Loury, a Hoover Institution distinguished visiting fellow and Brown University economist who writes frequently on racial inequality, joins Hoover senior fellows Niall Ferguson, H. R. McMaster, and John Cochrane to discuss the historical and economic arcs of race in America.

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