After exploring the financial history of the world in his 2009 PBS series The Ascent of Money, Niall Ferguson turns his sites on Civilization: The West and the Rest. The Harvard history professor spins his economic history with a focus on six “killer apps” that propelled the western countries toward world success: competition, science, property, medicine, consumerism, and work. The result is quite provocative, amid the less savory trade-offs for such success and questions as whether the west is finally losing the edge.
Looking for Easter basket stuffers? Speaking of consumerism, there are only 22 shopping days until Easter. In addition to the traditional standby of The Beatrix Potter Collection, we have brought in a gorgeous set of enamel Peter Rabbit Dishes and Flatware and for the ballet fans on your list, an enchanting new DVD of The Royal Ballet: Tales of Beatrix Potter.
Tune-in Alert: The much anticipated Frozen Planet series premieres this Sunday, March 18th, on the Discovery Channel at 8-10 pm ET/PT.