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The War of the World : History's Age of Hatred

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The beginning of the twentieth century saw human civilization at its most enlightened, well-educated, globalized and wealthy. What turned it into a bloodbath? Niall Ferguson re-tells the story of history's most savage century as a continual war that raged for 100 years. From the plains of Poland to the killing fields of Cambodia, he reveals how economic boom-and-bust, decaying empires and, above all, poisonous ideas of race led men to treat each other as aliens. It was an age of hatred that ended with the twilight, not the triumph, of the West. And, he shows, it could happen all over again. 'A heartbreaking, serious and thoughtful survey of human evil that is utterly fascinating and dramatic' Simon Sebag Montefiore, The New York Times 'Unputdownable, controversial, compelling' Independent on Sunday 'The grenade lobbed into the cosy tea party of received wisdom' Max Hastings 'A big, bold and brilliantly belligerent book' Sunday Telegraph 'History at its most controversial ...no one can afford to overlook it' Allan Mallinson 'Hums with energy, quotable insights and pithy summaries' Observer 'Gripping' Tristram Huntshow more

Product details

  • Paperback | 816 pages
  • 124 x 196 x 42mm | 598.74g
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • repr.
  • Illustrations(some col.)., maps, ports.
  • 0141013826
  • 9780141013824
  • 36,646

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A heartbreaking, serious and thoughtful survey of human evil that is utterly fascinating and dramatic -- Simon Sebag Montefiore The New York Times Unputdownable, controversial, compelling Independent on Sunday The grenade lobbed into the cosy tea party of received wisdom -- Max Hastings A big, bold and brilliantly belligerent book Sunday Telegraph History at its most controversial ... no one can afford to overlook it -- Allan Mallinson Hums with energy, quotable insights and pithy summaries Observer Gripping -- Tristram Huntshow more

About Niall Ferguson

Niall Ferguson is one of Britain's most renowned historians. He is the Laurence A. Tisch Professor of History at Harvard University, a Senior Research Fellow of the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, and a Visiting Professor at Tsinghua University in Beijing. He is the author of Paper and Iron, The House of Rothschild, The Pity of War, The Cash Nexus, Empire, Colossus, The War of the World, The Ascent of Money, High Financier, Civilization and The Great Degeneration. His Kissinger, a feature-length film based on his interviews with Henry Kissinger, won the 2011 New York Film Festival prize for best documentary. His many other prizes and awards include the Benjamin Franklin Prize for Public Service (2010), the Hayek Prize for Lifetime Achievement (2012) and the Ludwig Erhard Prize for Economic Journalism (2013).show more

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A heartbreaking, serious and thoughtful survey of human evil that is utterly fascinating and dramatic Simon Sebag Montefiore The New York Timesshow more

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