Prichard: What is the best international affairs book of 2011?
Chairman of Torys LLP, Chairman of Penguin Canada
I suggest Ferguson’s new book, Civilization.
In his latest work Civilization, Niall Ferguson, one of the most astute and celebrated historians working today, strikes at the heart of our current political and economic anxieties, exploring how the tables may now have turned on Western dominance and how political and economic competition now seems to undermine Western nations in the face of monolithic powers like China, India and Brazil. By laying out the West’s incredible rise to global dominance, and then assessing if we have finally ceded our once unshakable place in the world, Civilization is another masterpiece from Ferguson that is must-reading for the global citizen.