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Doom: The Politics of Catastrophe by Niall Ferguson

Doom seeks to understand why humanity, time and again through the ages, has failed to prepare for catastrophes, whether natural or man-made. 

Early on, Ferguson asserts that this exploration necessarily involves “the history of economics, society, culture and politics” so as to enable us to learn from the past how we can “construct social and political structures that are at least resilient and at best anti fragile”.

The vulnerability inherent in our networked world is discussed by Ferguson with an expertise that puts much contemporary comment on Covid to shame.

Douglas Alexander, a senior fellow at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and a former UK cabinet minister, FT 29 April 2021



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