Civilization: The West and the Rest Ferguson, Niall Penguin Press HC, The (November 1, 2011)

This book tries to answer two questions: what was it that made the west ascendent from 1500 to 2000? And is the west now in decline due to the challenges of China and Islam? The book posits six “killer apps” that purport to explain why the West “beat” the rest. An excellent work of popular history.

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