Niall Ferguson

No civilization, no matter how mighty it may appear to itself, is indestructible.

Controversial, expansive, and eloquent, Niall Ferguson has been called “the most talented British historian of his generation.” But the ambitious themes he explores have urgent relevance to the present, not just the past: the costs and benefits of economic globalization, the interface between finance and politics, the lessons to be learned from the British experience of empire, and the strengths and limitation of American global power.

Ferguson is a senior fellow of the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, and a senior fellow of the Center for European Studies, at Harvard University. He also holds positions at Tsinghua University in Beijing and the Nitze School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, D.C. He is a prolific commentator on contemporary politics and economics, writing a weekly column for London’s Sunday Times and the Boston Globe.

An accomplished author of biographies and political histories, Ferguson has published 14 books, including most recently Kissinger: 1923-1968: The Idealist. His film company, Chimerica Media, created a feature-length documentary called Kissinger, based on the book, which won the New York Film Festival’s prize for Best Documentary.

Many of Ferguson’s other works have been adapted for television, including his best-selling book Empire: The Rise and Demise of the British World Order and Lessons for Global Power. Its sequel, Colossus: The Rise and Fall of the American Empire, was published in 2004 and prompted Time magazine to name him one of the 100 most influential people in the world. The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World, published in 2008, was adapted as a TV series and aired on PBS, winning an international Emmy award for Best Documentary.

His many prizes and awards include the Benjamin Franklin Prize for Public Service, the Hayek Prize for Lifetime Achievement and the Ludwig Erhard Prize for Economic Journalism.

Ferguson was born in Glasgow, Scotland. He holds a master’s degree and a doctorate of philosophy from Oxford. He is a father of four and is married to the author and women’s rights activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali.