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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Politics In The Time Of Corona

by Niall Fergusonvia Bloomberg
Sunday, June 6, 2021

Latin American leaders on the right and left have not fared well against Covid. In other ways, too, the U.S. is increasingly resembling its neighbors to the south.

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Anatomy Of Disaster

featuring Niall Fergusonvia The Critic
Saturday, June 5, 2021

For the historian to be a public intellectual is tough, tough on the historian, tough on the public, and tough on the facile conceit that passes so often as public intellectualism. Tough because there is the pressure to simplify and decontextualise in order to satisfy what the public is alleged to want, and so what many public intellectuals provide, and tough on the historian because this approach is the opposite to that for which they are trained.

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What Happens Next? Gauging The Fallout From The Pandemic

featuring Niall Fergusonvia The Spectator
Saturday, June 5, 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 behaviour and incompetence. Niall Ferguson’s Doom looks at each of these aspects, putting them into historical perspective in a book of dazzling range and rigour. He offers several answers — and none of them is comforting.

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China Investing Is Like Checking Into Hotel California: Niall Ferguson

interview with Niall Fergusonvia Bloomberg
Friday, June 4, 2021

Hoover Institution fellow Niall Ferguson says that Wall Street doesn't understand that the U.S. and China are headed for a Cold War. He thinks that investing in China might have its opportunities but warns that the capital controls make it like "Hotel California."

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Niall Ferguson On Bloomberg Wall Street Week

interview with Niall Fergusonvia Bloomberg
Friday, June 4, 2021

(22:08) Hoover Institution fellow Niall Ferguson discusses how different countries handled the pandemic especially China versus the US.

Niall Ferguson: Trade Wars, Currency Wars, and Information Wars
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Manufacturing Complicity In The Age Of Networks

featuring Niall Fergusonvia International Policy Digest
Friday, June 4, 2021

From ancient Rome to the dynasties of the Renaissance and finally, from the Founding Fathers to Facebook, The Square and the Tower, sings of the song of the rise, fall, and renaissance of networks. Niall Ferguson depicts how networks transform our understanding of both the past and present.

In the News

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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