Civilization : The Six Killer Apps of Western Power
by Niall Ferguson
Editor: Penguin Books Ltd
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In 1412, Europe was a miserable turmoil ravaged by plague, unhygienic and incessant warfare, while the East was at home with dazzling civilizations.Yet, somehow, from the West, have come to dominate the Rest for most of the next half-millennium.In this vital, brilliant book, Niall Ferguson reveals the six “killer applications” that the Rest lacked: competition, science, property rights, medicine, consumption and work ethics.And he asks the question: do we still have these winning toolsOr is it the end of the western right-of-wayBrilliantly written, full of humour and virtuosity, filled with memorable lines and magnificent bits of information.An excellent reading’ The Dazzling History of Western Ideas’.Epic “Economist” Vivid and fascinating’ Daily Telegraph’ Superbbrings history to lifedazzling ” Independent This is strongHe feels like he’s in the ER.Fergusontortillas its knife with great literary brilliance’ Andrew Marr, Financial Times
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