The Wages of Destruction: The Making and Breaking of the Nazi Economy

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Overview

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.

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Editorial Reviews

Nicholas Stargardt
Tooze has produced the most striking history of German strategy in the Second World War that we possess. This is an extraordinary achievement, and it places Adam Tooze in a very select company of historians indeed ... Tooze has given us a masterpiece which will be read, and admired; and it will stimulate others for a long time to come.
History Today
Norman Stone
It is among Adam Tooze's many virtues, in "The Wages of Destruction: The Making and Breaking of the Nazi Economy," that he can write about such matters with authority, explaining the technicalities of bombers and battleships. Hovering over his chronicle are two extraordinary questions: how Germany managed to last as long as it did before the collapse of 1945 and why, under Hitler, it thought it could achieve supremacy at all.
The Wall Street Journal
Michael Burleigh
Virtually every page of his book contains something new and thought-provoking, making the whole an impressive achievement, in which original research has been combined with critical scrutiny of a vast literature that seems ripe for such a re-examination.
The Sunday Times (London)
The Times (London)
A magnificent demonstration of the explanatory power of economic history.
Financial Times
Masterful . . . Tooze has added his name to the roll call of top-class scholars of Nazism.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780143113201
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/26/2008
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 848
  • Sales rank: 281,170
  • Product dimensions: 5.59 (w) x 8.44 (h) x 1.87 (d)

Meet 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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