Niall Ferguson is Professor of Political and Financial History at Oxford University, Fellow and Tutor in Modern History at Jesus College, Oxford and currently Visiting Professor of Economics at the Leonard Stern Business School, New York University. His books include Paper and Iron: Hamburg Business and German Politics in the Era of Inflation 1897-1927 (1995), shortlisted for the History Today Book of the Year award, Virtual History: Alternatives and Counterfactuals (1997), a collection of essays he edited, The Pity of War: Explaining World War One (1998) and The World’s Banker: The History of the House of Rothschild (1998) which won the Wadsworth Prize for Business History. He has just published The Cash Nexus: Money and Power in the Modern World, 1700-2000. He is a regular contributor to BBC television and radio, and recently wrote and presented the Radio 4 series Days that Shook the World. He lives with his wife and three children in Oxfordshire.