The Ascent of Money: a Financial History of the World By Niall Ferguson. The author suggests that the use of credit and debt has been "as important as any technological development". Hence our current difficulties: too little of one and too much of the other. Price: £25 (Allen Lane)
Henry: The Virtuous Prince
By David Starkey. This, the first of two books on England's most famous king, Henry VIII, is undoubtedly among David Starkey's finest works. In a colourful study of the young Henry, he displays what one reviewer has described as "the mind of an historian but the eye of a court painter". Price: £25 (HarperPress)
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