Winner of the Estoril Global Issues Distinguished Book Prize 2013
In 1412, Europe was a miserable backwater ravaged by plague, bad sanitation and incessant war, while the Orient was home to dazzling civilizations Yet, somehow, the West came 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, consumerism and the work ethic And he asks: do we still have these winning tools? Or is this the end of Western ascendancy?
'Brilliantly written, full of wit and virtuosity, stuffed with memorable lines and gorgeous bits of information A great read' The Times