Niall Ferguson

A Beginner's Guide to World War I

World War I was a major conflict fought in Europe and around the world between July 28, 1914 and November 11, 1918. Nations from across all non-polar …

Military History

Hamilton in London: How Lin-Manuel Miranda's hip hop musical became a modern masterpiece

"How does a bastard, orphan, son of a whore and a / Scotsman, dropped in the middle of a / Forgotten spot in the Caribbean by providence / …

Lin-Manuel Miranda

Readers Can Relax, No One Predicted the 'Financial Crisis'

Many years ago the HBO television comedy <i>Curb Your Enthusiasm</i> devoted a rather funny episode to those who choose to “hide” their generosity. In “The …


Calling it Right: Excerpts from Niall Ferguson's Pre-Crisis Journalism

11/20/2017<p><b>REASONS TO WORRY (NEW YORK TIMES MAGAZINE)</b><br>“According to calculations published by Barron's in February, over the next two years the monthly …


The Louvre Abu Dhabi: the best – and worst – of globalisation

The headlines announcing the opening of the dome-shaped Louvre Abu Dhabi are a cornucopia of superlatives. ‘Spectacular palace of culture shimmers in the desert’ and ‘a cultural cornerstone where East meets West’ were two of the most laudatory. ‘East meets West’ is the frequently used cliché. …

Middle East

Evening Update newsletter: Keystone XL, North Korea, snowy winter

<b>Good evening,</b><p><b>WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW</b><p><b>Nebraska approves alternative route for TransCanada's Keystone XL pipeline</b><p>Nebraska's Public Service Commission ruled Monday that TransCanada Corp. can build its $8-billion (U.S.) Keystone XL pipeline along a "mainline" route east of the company's preferred path. …

North Korea

Another global financial crisis looms

<i>Niall Ferguson's new book is</i> The Square and the Tower: Networks, Hierarchies and the Struggle for Global Power<p>The thing about which I have been most right in my career is the thing for which I have received the least credit. Beginning in June, 2006, I wrote a series of articles and gave numerous …


Look up: financial red lights are flashing again


On GPS: The West's nationalist wave

Former Polish Foreign Minister Radek Sikorski & Niall Ferguson tell Fareed that immigration is pushing many on both sides of the Atlantic towards populism.

Foreign Policy

The Square and the Tower: Networks, Hierarchies and the Struggle for Global Power by Niall Ferguson - review

Strange things can happen when humans get together. By Anne MCelvoy

Henry Kissinger

Saturday's TV highlights and weekend talk shows: 'I a.m. Elizabeth Smart' on Lifetime

SERIES<p><b>Sesame Street</b> Elmo, Big Bird, Rosita, Alan, Julia, Nina and the rest of the neighborhood gather to appreciate all the Thanksgiving traditions, cultures and delicious foods their community has to offer in the season premiere of the venerable children’s show. 9 a.m. HBO<p><b>Saturday Night Live</b> It’s …

Sturgill Simpson

Glimpse of a post-American world

<i>This is the weekly roundup of The WorldPost, of which Nathan Gardels is the editor in chief.</i><p>Events this week on opposite sides of the planet offered a glimpse of what a post-American world might look like. In Bonn, Germany, nations of the world gathered together at a summit to chart the path ahead …

Opinion | Zimbabwe's state capture battle: lessons for SA

To think that what has happened in Zimbabwe will never happen in South Africa, and become complacent about state capture, is a moral hazard, writes</b> …

News (South Africa)

Want to understand how history is made? Look for the networks

<b>Russian Revolution of 1917: Lenin speaking to the workers of the Putilov factory, in Petrograd, 1917. Painting by Isaak Brodsky (1883-1939). National</b> …

Kim Il-sung

Trump Trade Speech Undermines Beleaguered Free Trade Consensus

President Trump raised some valid concerns about America's trade relations with the rest of the world in a speech at the Asia-Pacific Economic …


The cautionary tale of the Bolshevik revolution

<i>The following is an abridged version of a speech Niall Ferguson delivered at the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation, in Washington, D.C., last</i> …

Joseph Stalin

We let Lenin rise, millions died. Now it’s Islamism

Viewsnight: ‘If it’s censorship you want, don’t leave it to Facebook’

In this Viewsnight, historian Niall Ferguson of Stanford University argues that social networks have not empowered us – and that we should decide what we block on the internet, not them.<p>Viewsnight is BBC Newsnight's place for ideas and debate. For more, head over to BBC Newsnight on Facebook and on …


South Africa is reaching a crossroads – which direction will we choose?

In light of various challenges plaguing the country, be it a low growth economy, social unrest, high unemployment rates, political party leadership …


Russia didn’t decide the 2016 election. Facebook did

Cast your mind back a year, to Nov. 7, 2016. Be honest: Who did you think would win the presidency of the United States?<p>Twelve months ago, I was in a …

Donald Trump

The end of necro-capitalism (but not necessarily capitalism)

The collapse of the Western capitalist model is near certain, and thinkers on both the left and right are stuck in ideological prisons writes Sunny …

Black Culture

Paradise Papers, latest on Texas church shooting and Saudi anti-corruption probe widens

Good evening,<p><i>This is the daily Evening Update newsletter, a roundup of the important stories of the day and what everyone is talking about that will be delivered to your inbox every weekday around 5 p.m. ET. If you're reading this online, or if someone forwarded this e-mail to you, you can sign up</i> …

Canada Revenue Agency

Russia in Syria: A course strewn with obstacles

Having vanquished Syria’s rebels militarily, Russia now faces the challenge of reconstructing a durable Syrian state. To convert military victory …


It was the net (and Jesus) wot won it for Trump

A recipe for a successful nation

When you think of the ideal version of your nation, it likely reflects your own values. We vote in accordance with our values and live our own lives …


Why Twitter, Facebook and Google are the antisocial networks | Niall Ferguson | Journalism

10/01/2017<p>Just as Martin Luther’s utopian vision and the invention of the printing press led to an era of religious war and turmoil, the internet, …

Sunday Morning Bobblehead Thread

The Republican majority introduced one of the most destructive tax programs I've ever seen in my five decades on this planet this week. People will …

Liberal View

Xi whiz

An emperor who is a dotard. A population in the grip of opium addiction. An economy held back by bureaucracy and crumbling infrastructure. A culture …


Book review: Richard Nixon: The Life by John A Farrell

Richard Nixon

Nonfiction Book Review: The Square and the Tower: Networks and Power, from the Freemasons to Facebook by Niall Ferguson. Penguin Press, $30 (480p) ISBN 978-0-7352-2291-5

The Square and the Tower: Networks and Power, from the Freemasons to Facebook<p>Niall Ferguson. Penguin Press, $30 (480p) ISBN …