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  • Published: 2 July 2007
  • ISBN: 9780141013824
  • Imprint: Penguin Press
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 816
  • RRP: $35.00
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The War Of The World


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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 Ferguson is 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 World and The Ascent of Money.

  • Pub date: 2 July 2007
  • ISBN: 9780141013824
  • Imprint: Penguin Press
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 816
  • RRP: $35.00
Categories:

About the Author

Niall Ferguson

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, Empire and 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 Colossus and, 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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