The Wages of Destruction: The Making and Breaking of the Nazi Economy

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Viking, 2006 - Business & Economics - 799 pages
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In this groundbreaking new history, Adam Tooze provides the clearest picture to date of the Nazi war machine and its undoing. There was no aspect of Nazi power untouched by economics—it was HitlerÂ's obsession and the reason the Nazis came to power in the first place. The Second World War was fought, in HitlerÂ's view, to create a European empire strong enough to take on the United States. But as The Wages of Destruction makes clear, HitlerÂ's armies were never powerful enough to beat either Britain or the Soviet Union—and Hitler never had a serious plan as to how he might defeat the United States. The Wages of Destruction is an eye-opening and controversial account that will challenge conventional interpretations of the period and will find an enthusiastic readership among fans of Ian Kershaw and Richard Evans. BACKCOVER: Advance praise for The Wages of Destruction:
“One of the most important and original books to be published about the Third Reich in the past twenty years. A tour de force.”
—Niall Ferguson, author of Colossus

“Unputdownable epic history . . . Transforms not only our reading of HitlerÂ's sordid regime, but the history of the twentieth century itself. Brilliantly written, its original scholarship is telling and lightly borne on every page.”
—John Cornwell, author of HitlerÂ's Pope: The Secret History of Pius XII

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Review: The Wages of Destruction: The Making and Breaking of the Nazi Economy

User Review  - Greatredwarrior - Goodreads

Absolutely spectacular! Very insightful and interesting book and well worth the heaviness of the read. Economics knowledge is a must, but only on the novice level. Really illustrates a kind of perfect insight on the Third Reich that we very rarely see. Read full review

Review: The Wages of Destruction: The Making and Breaking of the Nazi Economy

User Review  - Parke Troutman - Goodreads

This overturns a lot of the received wisdom about Nazism and World War Two. (eg, it spends considerable time skewering the idea that the Germans were basically producing at peacetime levels until 1942 ... Read full review


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Adam Tooze is senior lecturer in economic history at the University of Cambridge and the Gurnee Hart Fellow in history at Jesus College, Cambridge.

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