In the ascent of money author economist and historian niall ferguson traces the evolution of money and demonstrates that financial history is the essential back story behind all history jul 8th . The ascent of money a financial history of the world is a 2008 book by harvard professor niall ferguson and an adapted television documentary for channel 4 uk and pbs us which in 2009 won an international emmy award. The ascent of money is an account of moolah from the incas to the credit crunch and with it an argument for the centrality of finance to all elements of human history. In the four hour version of the ascent of money historian and author niall ferguson seeks to explain the financial history of the world exploring how our complex system of global finance evolved . As niall ferguson explains in his new book the ascent of money which will be published next month todays senior financiers would have started out in 1983 fully ten years after oil and
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