The War of the World

  • by Niall Ferguson
  • Narrated by Sean Barrett
  • 7 hrs and 21 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The world at the beginning of the 20th century seemed, for most of its inhabitants, stable and relatively benign. Globalizing, booming economies married to technological breakthroughs seemed to promise a better world for most people. Instead, the 20th century proved to be overwhelmingly the most violent, frightening and brutalized in history with fanatical, often genocidal warfare engulfing most societies between the outbreak of the First World War and the end of the Cold War. What went wrong? How did we do this to ourselves? The War of the World comes up with compelling, fascinating answers. It is Niall Ferguson's masterpiece.


What the Critics Say

"This thought-provoking, highly engaging, and nearly-impossible-to-put-down book...challenges readers to think outside the box." ( Library Journal)
"Big, bold and brilliantly belligerent." ( The Sunday Telegraph


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Customer Reviews

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Brilliant and Eye Opening

I loved this and find myself repeat listening often.
Puts the events of the last century into perspective.
Find out what your grand father actually fought for, and what our children may face in the future.
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- Niall

Rethink history

This changed my perception of the history of the last century. I had had a conventional British Good Guys (apart from the opium wars and that was before my time) versus the Bad Guys (everyone else at different periods of time). By the end, I realised that, apart from the great dictators, we were all much the same in our intentions and morality. I suppose tha, from black-and-white I now see everything in different shades of grey. The style gripped me from the start - this is how history should be taught. I did feel that more could have been said on almost everything but I think this may have been an effect of the abridgement (who does decide that a book would be better abridged?). The reading was competent and clear but slightly too fast and would have benefited from a little more dramatic emphasis.
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- Thomas

Book Details

  • Release Date: 15-08-2006
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd