• The War of the World

  • History's Age of Hatred
  • By: Niall Ferguson
  • Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
  • Length: 34 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 05-10-17
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.7 (48 ratings)

Summary

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 Frank Bowman on 07-12-17

Brilliant

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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4 out of 5 stars
By Steve Seaman on 16-03-18

Not able finish

Although a fan of both non fiction and Niall Ferguson I simply could finish this work. With a book so fact and statistic heavy, the presenter has their work cut out to keep the listener engaged, but in this case they, at least for me, failed as it was simply too monotone and boring.
I also could not go along with a premise that all conflict is racially motivated when so many of the examples used seemed, at least to me, to be more about culture and religion rather than race.
A pity, it is the first book by the author that I simply have not been impressed by and incidentally the first audio book I have given up on.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Angus Black on 01-08-18

Excellent book. Insightful but not hysterical.

I loved the book but the reader was very irritating. I speeded the delivery to 1.25* and that actually helped a lot.

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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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