A Student of History

November 7, 2006

The War of the World

Filed under: New books,Wars — John Maass @ 11:58 am

Twentieth-Century Conflict and the Descent of the WestIn Sunday’s Washington Post is a review of a new Niall Ferguson book I cannot wait to read.  It is War of the World, now out in the US.  Here is why I’m waiting to get my copy:

The 20th century was the bloodiest in history. By now, the destruction is generally acknowledged, but the causes of the century’s murderous conflicts are still matters of debate. So is the haunting question of whether a similar fate can be avoided in the 21st century.

In The War of the World , British historian Niall Ferguson offers a novel analysis of the causes of 20th-century violence. With more than 650 pages of main text and a vast scope, this is obviously a big book. It is also a fascinating read, thanks to Ferguson’s gifts as a writer of clear, energetic narrative history.

I’ve read his The Pity of War, and enjoyed it, though it is not without its questionable conclusions. Nonetheless, this one should be a worthwhile read.

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