The Wages of Destruction

Adam Tooze lectures
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The Making and Breaking of the Nazi Economy

An extraordinary mythology has grown up around the Third Reich that hovers over political and moral debate even today. Adam Tooze's controversial new book shatters the still persistent myth that Nazi Germany was an unstoppable juggernaut backed by an efficient, highly industrialized economy.

The Wages of Destruction challenges the conventional interpretations of that period to explore how Hitler's surprisingly prescient vision--ultimately hindered by Germany's limited resources and his own racial ideology--was to create a Germany superstate to dominate Europe and compete with what he saw as America's overwhelmingly power in a soon-to-be-globalized world. This is a chilling work of originality and tremendous scholarship that fundamentally changes the way in which history views the Second World War.

The Wages of Destruction was universally acclaimed as one of the most important books written on the Third Reich. It was shortlisted for the Duff Cooper Prize and won both the Longman-History Today Book of the Year Prize and the Wolfson Prize for History.

Adam Tooze is the author of the highly praised The Deluge and The Wages of Destruction, both published by Allen Lane. He has taught at Cambridge and Yale and is now Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Professor of History at Columbia University.



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