The Great Degeneration

  • by Niall Ferguson
  • Narrated by Paul Slack
  • 4 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Best-selling author and world-renowned historian Niall Ferguson has won widespread acclaim for thought-provoking works such as Civilization and High Financier. The Great Degeneration tackles nothing less than the decline of Western civilization. Ferguson posits that slowing growth, outrageous debt, and antisocial behavior are contributing to the erosion of the West’s once rock-solid foundations. Ferguson excavates the causes and shows how heroic leadership and radical reform are needed to right the course.


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Customer Reviews

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Good but short

Where does The Great Degeneration rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

middle of the pack due to length

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)


What does Paul Slack bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?


If you could give The Great Degeneration a new subtitle, what would it be?

How Institutions affect a civilization.
I didn't really find the reasons why they decay.
More of a case as to the effect.
Insightful book though.

Any additional comments?

Niall Ferguson is good at economic history. No doubt.

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- irene

Ferguson at his best

Narrator is good and clear

Great story on how great societies can wreck themselves. You will get a "what not to do" list for great civilizations
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- jose

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-13-2013
  • Publisher: Recorded Books