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The Wages of Destruction: The Making and Breaking of the Nazi Economyby Adam Tooze
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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 Hitle‛s obsession and the reason the Nazis came to power in the first place. The Second World War was fought, in Hitle‛s view, to create a European empire strong enough to take on the United States. But as The Wages of Destruction makes clear, Hitle‛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.
An extraordinary mythology has grown up around the Third Reich that hovers over political and moral debate even today. Adam Tooze's controversial new 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 is already setting off debate in Germany and will fundamentally change the way in which history views the Second World War.
Advance praise for The Wages of Destruction:
┬—Niall Ferguson, author of Colossus
“Unputdownable epic history . . . Transforms not only our reading of Hitle‛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 Hitle‛s Pope: The Secret History of Pius XII
About the Author
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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