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

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Penguin, Feb 26, 2008 - History - 848 pages
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"Masterful . . . [A] painstakingly researched, astonishingly erudite study…Tooze has added his name to the roll call of top-class scholars of Nazism." —Financial Times

An extraordinary mythology has grown up around the Third Reich that hovers over political and moral debate even today. Adam Tooze's controversial book challenges the conventional economic interpretations of that period to explore how Hitler's surprisingly prescient vision--ultimately hindered by Germany's limited resources and his own racial ideology--was to create a German super-state to dominate Europe and compete with what he saw as America's overwhelming power in a soon-to- be globalized world. The Wages of Destruction is a chilling work of originality and tremendous scholarship that set off debate in Germany and will fundamentally change the way in which history views the Second World War.

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User Review  - willszal - LibraryThing

I think that Adam Tooze may be my favorite economics writer. He somehow is able to wade through a massive amount of data and draw out a coherent, insightful, and innovative narrative. I came across ... Read full review

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User Review  - oparaxenos - LibraryThing

In terms of originality and the sheer volume of information, this is one of the best history books I have read in the last 10 years. Tooze looks at Nazi Germany, not from a judgmental or moralistic ... Read full review


ABOUT THE AUTHOR Title Page Copyright Page Dedication List of Illustrations
Every Worker his Work
Breaking Away
The Regime and German Business
Volksgemeinschaft on a Budget
Hitlers Strategic Dilemma
Preparing for Two Wars at Once
The Grand Strategy of Racial
Turning Point
Labour Food and Genocide
Miracle Man
No Room for Doubt

Saving the Peasants
War in Europe
Four Years to
Into the Danger Zone
Nothing to Gain by Waiting
The First Winter of
Victory in the WestSieg im Westen
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Adam Tooze is the author of Wages of Destruction, winner of the Wolfson and Longman History Today Prize. He is the Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Professor of History at Columbia University. He formerly taught at Yale University, where he was Director of International Security Studies, and at the University of Cambridge. He has worked in executive development with several major corporations and contributed to the National Intelligence Council. He has written and reviewed for Foreign Affairs, the Financial Times, The Guardian, the Sunday Telegraph, The Wall Street JournalDie ZeitSueddeutsche ZeitungTageszeitung and Spiegel MagazineNew Left Review, and the London Review of Books.

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