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In his latest book, bestselling author Niall Ferguson (The Ascent of Money; Virtual History) aims at distilling the deep lessons of five centuries of world history in a single, accessible book. With persuasive clarity, he describes the rise to global predominance of Western civilization and ascribes it to six powerful new ideas that were lacking elsewhere: competition, science, democracy, consumerism, medicine, and the work ethic. Not content to rest on that story of laurels, he warns that the tables have now been turned; that the West has lost the monopoly on its greatest inventions. A major work by a major historian.