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The War of the World:

Twentieth-Century Conflict and the Descent of the West

By Niall Ferguson

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  • Published in USA  Sep 2006,
    192 pages.

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A revolutionary reinterpretation of the modern era that resolves its central paradox: why unprecedented progress coincided with unprecedented violence and why the seeming triumph of the West bore the seeds of its undoing.

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"But with Ferguson's claims about "the descent of the West" and the smaller wars in the latter half of the century tucked away into a comparatively brief epilogue, his thoughtful study falls short of its epic promise." - PW.

"Fascinating...supremely readable and thought-provoking." - Financial Times.

"Ferguson...writes with tremendous narrative verve... He loves controversy...the grenade lobbed into the cozy tea party of received wisdom." - The Sunday Times.

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Niall Ferguson Author Biography

Niall Ferguson MA, D.Phil., is Laurence A. Tisch Professor of History at Harvard University and William Ziegler Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School. He is also a Senior Research Fellow at Jesus College, Oxford University, and a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. Born in Glasgow in 1964, he graduated with First Class Honors from Magdalen College, Oxford. His books include The Pity of War, The House of Rothschild, The Cash Nexus, Empire and Colossus .

A prolific commentator on contemporary politics and economics, Ferguson writes and reviews regularly for the British and American press. He is a contributing editor for the Financial Times and a regular contributor to Newsweek. In 2004, Time named him as one of the world’s hundred ...

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