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

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Penguin, 2007 - Genocide - 746 pages
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 Hunt
%%%Niall Ferguson's The War of the World- History's Age of Hatred re-tells the story of history's most savage century as a continual war that raged for 100 years.
At the beginning of the twentieth century, 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 turned it into a bloodbath?
From the plains of Poland to the killing fields of Cambodia, Niall Ferguson 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 warns, 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
'A big, bold and brilliantly belligerent book'
Sunday Telegraph
'Hums with energy, quotable insights and pithy summaries'
Observer
'Gripping'
Tristram Hunt
Niall Fergusonis one of Britain's most renowned historians. He is Laurence A. Tisch Professor of History at Harvard University, a Senior Research Fellow of Jesus College, Oxford and a Senior Fellow of the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. He is the bestselling author of Paper and Iron, The House of Rothschild, The Pity of War, The Cash Nexus, Empire, Colossus, The War of the Worldand The Ascent of Money.

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I simply recall reading a section on pogroms in the Baltics after the Nazi invasion, shortly therafter the battery in my wife's car died and we were stranded, albeit somewhat, at the supermarket, I ... Read full review

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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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Niall Ferguson is Herzog Professor of Financial History at the Stern School of Business, New York University, Visiting Professor of History, Oxford University and Senior Research Fellow, Jesus College, Oxford. His other books for Penguin include Empire, The Cash Nexus,Colossus, Virtual History,High Financier and Civilization.

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