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

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

by Adam Tooze

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ISBN-13: 9780143113201
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/26/2008
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 848
Sales rank: 158,659
Product dimensions: 5.52(w) x 8.47(h) x 1.86(d)
Age Range: 18 - 17 Years

About the Author

Adam Tooze is the author of The Deluge, winner of the Los Angeles Times book prize in history.. He is the Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Professor of History at Columbia University. He formerly taught at Yale University, where he was Director of International Security Studies, and at the University of Cambridge. He has worked in executive development with several major corporations and contributed to the National Intelligence Council. He has written and reviewed for Foreign Affairs, the Financial Times, The Guardian, the Sunday Telegraph, The Wall Street JournalDie ZeitSueddeutsche ZeitungTageszeitung and Spiegel MagazineNew Left Review, and the London Review of Books.

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"One of the most important and original books to be published about the Third Reich in the past twenty years. A tour de force."
-Niall Ferguson

"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."
-Nicholas Stargardt, History Today

"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."
-Norman Stone, The Wall Street Journal

"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."
-Michael Burleigh, The Sunday Times (London)

"A magnificent demonstration of the explanatory power of economic history."
-The Times (London)

"Masterful . . . Tooze has added his name to the roll call of top-class scholars of Nazism."
-Financial Times

Niall Ferguson

One of the most important and original books to be published about the Third Reich in the past twenty years. A tour de force.

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The Wages of Destruction: The Making and Breaking of the Nazi Economy 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Miro on LibraryThing 23 days ago
Nazi Germany was completely outproduced by the the U.S.A, Russia and Great Britain and in the later stages of the war the Germans also lost their lead in design. As an example, the Messerschmitt Bf 109 (standard Luftwaffe fighter)was an advanced aircraft in 1939 but underperforming by 1944. There are some surprises in Tooze's excellent book. The invasion of France didn't have anything like the probability of success awarded to it by hindsight and the apparent advantages to the Germans of controlling a vast swathes of Europe never materialized. Throughout the war they had an inadequate navy leading to permanent shortages of imports such as rubber, oil, food and iron ore which was only partly remedied by the very expensive production of synthetic oil and rubber and and the wholesale removal of essential food from conquered territories.He also shows the full participation in the Nazi system of characters such as Speer who later tried to present themselves as technocratic bystanders. They designed the "Hunger" policy of isolating Eastern European cities to cheaply kill the population and create "lebensraum" for German farmers.
Mayner on LibraryThing 28 days ago
This is one of the finest books for explaining the Nazi economic system and how ramshackled it was. the chapters are well laid out and loaded wiht information. a good read cover to cover.
jontseng on LibraryThing 28 days ago
A brilliant recasting of the oh-so-dull-third-reich-tale. Our Niall Ferguson's Niall Ferguson in how he shows how the economic realities drove political exigencies. Perhaps intentionalists will argue its all a bit to structural, but this is both readable and revelatory.
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