Ferguson is featured in Harvard Magazine in an article titled, The Global Empire of Niall Ferguson. He mentions the strain of separation from home and family, what he calls his transatlantic “trilemma.”
I can testify that it is extraordinarily hard. It’s unfair to the family, and I’d so much rather they were here. But with every passing year, as children get older, they become harder to move. So I feel that I’ve lost this particular argument…Another way to look at it is that historically it’s not that abnormal for husbands and fathers to spend significant time away from their families—seamen, army officers, colonial administrators. Actually, funnily enough, these long separations perhaps do allow me bouts of extreme work, which suits my temperament.