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

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Penguin, 2007 - Genocide - 746 pages
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The world at the beginning of the 20th century seemed for most of its inhabitants stable and relatively benign. Globalizing, booming economies married to technological breakthroughs seemed to promise a better world for most people. Instead, the 20th century proved to be overwhelmingly the most violent, frightening and brutalized in history with fanatical, often genocidal warfare engulfing most societies between the outbreak of the First World War and the end of the Cold War. What went wrong? How did we do this to ourselves? The War of the Worldcomes up with compelling, fascinating answers. It is Niall Ferguson's masterpiece.

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User Review  - gmicksmith - LibraryThing

For many, World War II is the ultimate story of the West and its triumph over evil; however, Ferguson rather incongruously at first glance postulates the bloody 20th Century as the decline of the West ... Read full review

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User Review  - RajivC - LibraryThing

This is a very good book indeed. I like the way that he writes, and clearly builds up the entire momentum of events leading up to World War I and World War II. The book has clearly been researched ... Read full review

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About the author (2007)

Niall Ferguson is one of Britain's most renowned historians. He is a 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, Empireand 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 Channel Four- Empire, American Colossusand, most recently, The War of the World. He, his wife and three children divide their time between the United Kingdom and the United States

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