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Niall Ferguson: “Our capacity for self-destruction grows greater every day”

The historian and author answers Prospect's questions on favourite quotations, most embarrassing moments—and why he'd like to have a go at being a real man

By Prospect Team   May 2019

Historian Niall Ferguson answers Prospect's Brief Encounter questions. ILLUSTRATION BY NICK TAYLOR

First news event you can recall?

Neil Armstrong landing on the Moon in July 1969. I was five at the time. I was delighted his name was Neil, disappointed that he had the boring spelling.

The book you are most embarrassed you have never read?

Proust’s À la recherche du temps perdu. I can never get past the tedious opening, in French or in English.

If you could spend a day in one place at one moment…

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