, a full-length dissection of the financial meltdown. Ferguson received his doctorate in political science from M.I.T., taught in universities and wrote deep thoughts at the Brookings Institution, and started and sold a software company, netting, well, he won’t say. More than enough to retire on, obviously. Film, business, and academia. Any one of these careers would be impressive; living all three means Ferguson is not like you and me. He has more smarts and more gumption.