War of the World

War of the World

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A study that serves as the basis for the upcoming PBS series seeks to establish a connection between industrial and technological progress and violence in the modern era, arguing that the twentieth century has been the most violent period in history in spite of unprecedented achievements. By the author of Colossus.

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Product details

  • Paperback | 808 pages
  • 138 x 215 x 42mm
  • Penguin Publishing Group
  • Penguin Books
  • New York, NY, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Reprint
  • illustrations
  • 0143112392
  • 9780143112396
  • 250,504

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aA heartbreaking, serious and thoughtful survey of human evil that is utterly fascinating and dramatic . . . superb narrative history.a a"The New York Times Book Review" aFergusonas best book, by far, since The Pity of War . . . from bond markets to the face of battle, he has returned to the themes of his earlier book and to his strengths.a aPaul Kennedy, "The New York Review of Books" aWielding at once the encyclopedic knowledge of an accomplished scholar and the engaging prose of a master storyteller, Ferguson commendably brings fresh insights to a history by now familiar. . . . A tour de force.a a"San Francisco Chronicle" aEven those who have read widely in 20th-century history will find fresh, surprising details.a a"The Boston Globe" aA fascinating read, thanks to Fergusonas gifts as a writer of clear, energetic narrative history.a a"The Washington Post"

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About Niall Ferguson

Niall Ferguson is Laurence A. Tisch Professor of History at Harvard University, a Senior Research Fellow of Jesus College, Oxford University, and a Senior Fellow of the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. The bestselling author of "Paper and Iron," "The House of Rothschild," "The Pity of War," "The Cash Nexus," "Empire," and "Colossus," he also writes regularly for newspapers and magazines all over the world. Since 2003 he has written and presented three highly successful television documentary series for British television: "Empire," "American Colossus," and, most recently, "The War of the World."

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