The Great Degeneration: How Institutions Decay and Economies Die (Paperback)
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The Great Degeneration: How Institutions Decay and Economies Die (Paperback)

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Published: 30/01/2014
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The decline of the West is something that has long been prophesied. Symptoms of decline are all around us today: slowing growth, crushing debts, ageing populations. But what exactly is amiss with Western civilization? The answer, Niall Ferguson argues, is that the institutions that were once the four pillars of Western society - representative government, the free market, the rule of law and civil society - are degenerating.

The Great Degeneration is a powerful indictment of an era of negligence and complacency. To stop us frittering away the institutional inheritance of centuries, Ferguson warns, will take heroic leadership and radical reform.

'A refreshing perspective on the economic decline of advanced countries and the origins of the crisis' Samuel Brittan, Financial Times

'He writes with splendid panache and a seemingly effortless, debonair wit' The Times

'One of the most incisive writers of history, politics and economics today' Sunday Telegraph

'Niall Ferguson has transformed the intellectual landscape' Economist

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780141975238
Number of pages: 192
Weight: 145 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 11 mm


Brilliantly written, full of wit and virtuosity, stuffed with memorable lines and gorgeous bits of information. A great read - The Times (on Civilization)

A dazzling history of Western ideas ... epic - Economist

This is sharp. It feels urgent. Ferguson... twists his knife with great literary brio - Andrew Marr (on Civilization)

A masterpiece ... fascinating facts burst like fireworks on every page - Sunday Times

Brings history alive for the reader with a dazzling knowledge ... peerless - Independent on Sunday

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“A Brief Summary and Review”

*A full executive summary of this book will be available at newbooksinbrief dot com, on or before Tuesday, June 25, 2013.

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