Niall Ferguson on Doom, Disaster and Democracy | Amanpour and Company

Renowned historian Niall Ferguson has bad news: We’re getting worse, not better, at handling disasters like the pandemic. This is the argument he lays out in his new book “Doom: The Politics of Catastrophe”, which sets 2020 into wider context and asks why many countries’ initial responses to coronavirus were too slow. He speaks with Walter Isaacson about how we got here and what the next big disaster might be.

Originally aired on May 11, 2021.


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Amanpour and Company features wide-ranging, in-depth conversations with global thought leaders and cultural influencers on the issues and trends impacting the world each day, from politics, business and technology to arts, science and sports. Christiane Amanpour leads the conversation on global and domestic news from London with contributions by prominent journalists Walter Isaacson, Michel Martin, Alicia Menendez and Hari Sreenivasan from the Tisch WNET Studios at Lincoln Center in New York City.

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