The Ascent of Money

The Ascent of Money

A Financial History of the World

DVD - 2009 | Complete 4 hour version.
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Bestselling author, economist and historian Niall Ferguson takes a look at how money evolved, from the concept of credit and debt in the Renaissance to the emergence of a global economy and the subprime crisis we face today.
Publisher: [United States] : Chimerica Media Limited ; [Alexandria, Va.] : Distributed by PBS Distribution, c2009.
Edition: Complete 4 hour version.
ISBN: 9780793670932
0793670934
Branch Call Number: 332.09 A811
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 240 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.

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KatherineHere
Apr 13, 2016

This is an eye-opener! I think it was well done, not being that schooled on finance and/or economics. It's a start, at least, to trying to understand it all.

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StarGladiator
Feb 26, 2015

Live . . . . from the Augusto Pinochet School of Psycho-Economics, it's Niall Ferguson and the Harvard Theory of Money! Another puff piece by the fellow who did that other puff piece on the Rothschilds! Torture and shoot everyone who doesn't agree with you, huh, Ferguson, lover of Pinochet? Or just fly them one hundred miles out in the ocean and throw them in the sea? Does Ferguson explain how the banks and oil companies own all the financial exchanges and clearinghouses, plus all those other corporations, and how the incredible monopoly poses the greatest force against progress? No, of course not . . . [Ferguson, Feldstein, Rogoff, Summers, and the dismantling of the American economy.] In response to yahoo, Vitruian, if the corporations ever paid their federal taxes, there would be no worries! [PBS is financed and controlled by the Koch brothers through the WGBH Foundation.]

Vitruian Jul 29, 2013

I highly suggest viewing this documentary repeatedly. It is a must to totally digest the power of global financial systems and how they are interconnected and why we should watch what is happening in Japan with their pension system on the verge of collapse; there are more retirees than young workers to support the system. This is were the US is headed along with entitlement programs; i.e welfare requiring more and more money to support people who are not fully doing all they can to support themselves and their families.

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Oct 03, 2012

An excellent overview of the history of money. One important shortcoming is the heavy ideological bias towards neoliberal capitalism in discussions of modern events (of the past 50 years or so).

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Sanrin
Nov 14, 2011

Interesting, timely, accessible. $ one-hour episodes capture key themes such as "Bonds of War" and "Planet Finance," exploring developments like how bonds funded global wars and the history of the housing loan crisis and how our current Recession is far from being the first of its kind. Well worth the time to watch it. The only drawback is the visuals, which seem to comprise primarily of crowd shots of random people in the cities being profiled, or abstract shots -- such as cars stopped on a wide street, and then all moving at once -- that are sometimes shown as many as three or four times in the same episode.

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mexicanadiense
Oct 30, 2011

Truly THE documentary series for our times, it should be required viewing in every high school as it educates about the underpinning innovations in trade and finance that make the globalized world tick.
My only quibble is that Prof. Ferguson is perhaps a touch too blithe in his positive assessment of the Pinochet regime in Chile. Having lived there and witnessed the deep and divisive psychological scars left over from those events I'm not so sure I would be able to chalk it all up as an overall positive so easily.

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