The Great Degeneration
How Institutions Decay and Economies Die
One of the world's most influential commentators on geopolitics, finance, power, and the global economy, Niall Ferguson's talks are as eloquent as they are electrifying, combining his thirst for knowledge with his knack for controversy. Ferguson is the author of several bestselling and award-winning books, including The Great Degeneration and Civilization.
Riffing on everything from the strengths and limitation of American global power, the costs and benefits of economic globalization and the interface between finance and politics, Niall Ferguson's themes have urgent relevance to the present as well as the past. He is truly a modern historian, using the information of the past to try and navigate the fog of the future. He is a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, and a Visiting Professor at Tsinghua University in Beijing.
“Ferguson is the most brilliant British historian of his generation.”— The Times
Ferguson is author of fourteen internationally-acclaimed works, including The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World, The Pity of War, The Cash Nexus: Money and Power in the Modern World, Empire: The Rise and Demise of the British World Order and the Lessons for Global Power, The War of the World: Twentieth Century Conflict and the Descent of the West, and Civilization: The West and the Rest. His most recent book, The Great Degeneration: How Institutions Decay and Economies Die, is a searching and provocative examination of the widespread institutional rot that threatens our collective future. He is currently writing a biography of Henry Kissinger, the first volume of which—Kissinger, 1923-1968: The Idealist—has been published to critical acclaim. He is also an award-making filmmaker, having won an international Emmy for his PBS series The Ascent of Money.
A prolific commentator on contemporary politics and economics, Ferguson writes and reviews regularly for the British and American press, including The Boston Globe and a weekly column in London's Sunday Times. In 2004 TIME Magazine named him as one of the world's hundred most influential people. He is a regular contributor to television and radio on both sides of the Atlantic. His many prizes and awards include the Benjamin Franklin Prize for Public Service (2010), the Hayek Prize for Lifetime Achievement (2012), and the Ludwig Erhard Prize for Economic Journalism (2013). He is also the founder and Managing Director of Greenmantle LLC, a Cambridge-based advisory firm.
A superb speaker, Ferguson’s presentations are celebrated for their scintillating wit and analytical clarity. Some of his speech topics include:
- Populism and Globalization: Politics in the Age of Trump
- Networks versus Hierarchies: Silicon Valley in Historical Perspective
- The Descent of Money: Are We Stuck with Economic Stagnation or Can We Bounce Back?
- The Geopolitical Taper: Can American Power Make a Comeback?
- The Great Degeneration: How Institutions Decay and Economies Die
- Civilization: The West and the Rest
- Business Empires: How Big Companies Rise and Fall
- Is This the Chinese Century?
- Are Humans Redundant?