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
  • New York, NY, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Reprint
  • illustrations
  • 0143112392
  • 9780143112396
  • 301,958

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"A heartbreaking, serious and thoughtful survey of human evil that is utterly fascinating and dramatic . . . superb narrative history."
-The New York Times Book Review

"Ferguson's 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."
-Paul Kennedy, The New York Review of Books

"Wielding 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."
-San Francisco Chronicle

"Even those who have read widely in 20th-century history will find fresh, surprising details."
-The Boston Globe

"A fascinating read, thanks to Ferguson's gifts as a writer of clear, energetic narrative history."
-The Washington Post
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Review quote

"A heartbreaking, serious and thoughtful survey of human evil that is utterly fascinating and dramatic . . . superb narrative history."
-The New York Times Book Review "Ferguson's 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."
-Paul Kennedy, The New York Review of Books "Wielding 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."
-San Francisco Chronicle "Even those who have read widely in 20th-century history will find fresh, surprising details."
-The Boston Globe "A fascinating read, thanks to Ferguson's gifts as a writer of clear, energetic narrative history."
-The Washington Post
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About Niall Ferguson

Niall Ferguson is one of the world's most renowned historians. 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, The Great Degeneration, Kissinger, 1923-1968: The Idealist, and The Square and the Tower. He is Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, and a Visiting Professor at Tsinghua University, Beijing. His many 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).
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2,321 ratings
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2 4% (99)
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