Civilization: The West and the Rest by Niall FergusonCivilization: The West and the Rest by Niall Ferguson

Civilization: The West and the Rest

byNiall Ferguson

Paperback | October 30, 2012

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Western civilization’s rise to global dominance is the single most important historical phenomenon of the past five centuries.

How did the West overtake its Eastern rivals? And has the zenith of Western power now passed? Acclaimed historian Niall Ferguson argues that beginning in the fifteenth century, the West developed six powerful new concepts, or “killer applications”—competition, science, the rule of law, modern medicine, consumerism, and the work ethic—that the Rest lacked, allowing it to surge past all other competitors.

Yet now, Ferguson shows how the Rest have downloaded the killer apps the West once monopolized, while the West has literally lost faith in itself. Chronicling the rise and fall of empires alongside clashes (and fusions) of civilizations, Civilization: The West and the Rest recasts world history with force and wit. Boldly argued and teeming with memorable characters, this is Ferguson at his very best.

Niall Ferguson's new book The Square and the Tower: Networks and Power, from the Freemasons to Facebook will be published in January 2018.
Niall Ferguson is one of the world's most renowned historians. He is the author of Paper and Iron, The House of Rothschild, The Pity of War, The Cash Nexus, Empire, Colossus, The War of the World, The Ascent of Money, High Financier, Civilization, The Great Degeneration, Kissinger, 1923-1968: The Idealist, and The Square and the Tower....
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Title:Civilization: The West and the RestFormat:PaperbackDimensions:432 pages, 8.37 × 5.45 × 0.93 inPublished:October 30, 2012Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Intriguing A thoughtful analysis of Western ideas and how they helped the West overtake the East in terms of wealth and power. A fairly balanced look at world history, Ferguson neither downplays Eastern achievements nor pulls punches when describing Western brutality in colonization.
Date published: 2017-08-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A must read and revealing look at our civilization as we know it. There is so much to learn, discuss and debate, I am going to read it again.
Date published: 2017-03-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wither the west? Great sweeping history of the rise -- and maybe the fall -- of a globe dominated by the West. At the end he offers a tiny glimpse of hope for the future. But it's a narrow and risk filled path. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from No Surprises... Ferguson is thorough, if nothing else. His descriptions of the six factors that caused the west to advance so far so fast (500 years) and to stay ahead so long is an interesting exhaustive cultural journey. He makes a case that the end of this lead is approaching, well maybe. Several authors make the case that the west's lead is shrinking and they call this the "decline" of the west. If underdeveloped societies advance and close the gap, that is good news for them and for the west. More equality, more prosperity, more competition, more innovation ... All good.
Date published: 2013-01-14

Editorial Reviews

“[Ferguson] uses his powerful narrative talents in these pages to give the reader a highly tactile sense of history. … The author [has a] knack for making long-ago events as vivid and visceral as the evening news, for weaving anecdotes and small telling details together with a wide-angled retrospective vision.”—New York Times“A dazzling history of Western ideas.”—The Economist“Mr. Ferguson tells his story with characteristic verve and an eye for the felicitous phrase.”—Wall Street Journal“[W]ritten with vitality and verve… a tour de force.”—Boston Globe“This is sharp. It feels urgent. Ferguson, with a properly financially literate mind, twists his knife with great literary brio…Ferguson ends by suggesting the biggest threat is not China but ourselves – our cowardice, drawn from ignorance, even stupidity, about our past. He is right. But as he shows himself, that can be fixed.”—The Financial Times “The author boldly takes on 600 years of world events… so that the history lesson remains fresh and compelling… A richly informed, accessible history lesson.”—Kirkus (starred)