Happy Birthday, Niall Ferguson
He’s 47 today. The well-known historian and author of, e.g., The Ascent of Money and Empire, is a bit like me in some ways: we’re both Scottish-born (though he prefers to describe himself as British); we’re almost exactly the same age (he’s 5 weeks younger); we live and work in the United States. On the other hand, he’s posher than me; he’s more conservative than I am (e.g., he’s fallen out with Paul Krugman, whom I like and I generally agree with); he’s published 14 books to my zero (a published monograph is the closest I’ve come). Oh yes, and he teaches at Harvard while I teach at St. John Fisher College. If you’re not from Western New York you’ve likely heard of one of these fine institutions. :-)
Here he is on The Colbert Report from a couple of years ago. Judge for yourself.