• The War of the World

  • History's Age of Hatred
  • By: Niall Ferguson
  • Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
  • Length: 34 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 05-10-17
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.7 (32 ratings)


Penguin presents the unabridged edition of The War of the World by Niall Ferguson, read by Saul Reichlin.
The world at the beginning of the 20th century seemed for most of its inhabitants stable and relatively benign. Globalising, 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 brutalised 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.
©2017 Niall Ferguson (P)2017 Penguin AudioBooks
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Critic reviews

"A heartbreaking, serious and thoughtful survey of human evil that is utterly fascinating and dramatic." (Simon Sebag Montefiore, The New York Times)
"Unputdownable, controversial, compelling." ( The Independent on Sunday)
"The grenade lobbed into the cosy tea party of received wisdom." (Max Hastings)
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5 out of 5 stars
By colin on 07-12-17


A fascinating book which is deals with very difficult subject matter such as genocide and the holocaust. A must read for anyone who wants to learn about the human cost instead of the glamorous side of war

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5 out of 5 stars
By Joseph on 04-02-18


Dr Ferguson never lets you down. This should be required reading for every modern history student. Its logical, challenging and sets aside much of what you consider as fact. Get it, and free your attitudes to conflict in this century.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Anonymous User on 09-03-18

Just another history of WW2

Scholarly and well written, but ultimately just a rehash of the same old WW2 stuff historians have been churning out for decades.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Jakub on 21-12-17

Great to listen mediocre history book

I had a good time listening to the book but mostly due to the near perfect narrator. The book itself is well written but in my opinion the analytical insight and revelation it promises in the introduction is missing later on, giving the reader a feeling of dissapointment. It is merley a new rewriting/description of events surrounding the wars of the XX and XXI centuries, rather then an in depth analysis of those events from a novel perspective.

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