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  • Magisterial reach ... immensely readable ... Ferguson [applies] his prodigious intellect to placing the present pandemic on a wider historic canvas.

    Douglas Alexander, Financial Times
  • This is not just about a virus but a collision of politics, panic, digital media, human behaviour and incompetence. Niall Ferguson's Doom looks at each of these aspects, putting them into historical perspective in a book of dazzling range and rigour.

    Fraser Nelson, The Spectator
  • Niall Ferguson's Doom is often insightful, productively provocative and downright brilliant.

    New York Times
  • A superb history of the lost art of handling a crisis.

    The Telegraph
  • Stimulating ... Each chapter of this thought-provoking book is worth reading for the ideas, perceptiveness and well-told stories of landmark events ... It's a useful reminder that what may feel like having unprecedented restrictions imposed on our lives today is nothing new... readers will find much to relish.

    Martin Bentham, Evening Standard
  • Elegant, pacey, gripping ... a wealth of deep research.

    The Economist
  • Doom covers an impressive sweep of history at a lively narrative clip and weaves a lot of disparate strands together into an engaging picture.

    Rafael Behr, The Guardian
  • Timely and refreshing ... An informative, amusing and thought-provoking read that is full of steadying good sense for these troubled times.

    Peter Neville-Hadley, South China Morning Post
  • Performs a crucial public service ... Doom is far more than just a page-turner, though that it certainly is: it's that most precious of things in a history book - an account of the past that truly helps us understand where we are today.

    Ryan Bourne, CapX

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