What can Mark Zuckerberg learn from Marco Polo?
In his most sweeping work yet, Niall Ferguson, tells the story of human history, from the Middle Ages to Facebook, through the lens of the networks that have sustained us. A monumental work from one of the world’s most renowned historians, The Square and the Tower, is a tapestry of history delineated by two key network formations that have ruled humankind.
The town square of interconnected, but self-sustaining entities has been the enduring mark of the world’s greatest metropolises and trade networks from the spice trade to the slave trade. The hierarchal tower has been the watchword dynasties, monarchies, and corporate monoliths the world-over. It is on these two foundations of power that Ferguson constructs our history.
Niall Ferguson is the author of numerous bestselling books, including The Ascent of Money, Paper and Iron, and Civilization. His accolades include the Benjamin Franklin Prize for Public Service (2010), the Hayek Prize for Lifetime Achievement (2012) and the Ludwig Erhard Prize for Economic Journalism (2013). One of the most iconic historians of our time speaks on his most seminal work yet.