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The Wages of Destruction
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Adam Tooze is Barton M. Biggs Professor of History and Director of International Security Studies at Yale University. He taught for many years at the University of Cambridge. The Wages of Destruction: The Making and Breaking of the Nazi Economy 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.

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Tooze (economic history, Univ. of Cambridge) argues that the state of the Third Reich's economy was as important as any ideological motives determining the Nazi regime's policies and its ultimate failures in World War II. He considers the idea of economic determinism against the obviously financially detrimental Nazi objective to destroy European Jewry. The Nazi economy, he concludes, was never in a position to take on both Britain and the Soviet Union in the war. Once the United States joined the Allies, the Third Reich's taxed economy failed to keep up with the demands of a global war, which spelled impending defeat for Germany. This exhaustive work has two major flaws. Tooze's obscure thesis only becomes clear after over 600 pages, and is hardly a decisive punch. Additionally, while the book is well cited and indexed, it lacks a bibliography, which is available on Tooze's web page, but this is not convenient for readers. In the end, however, this lengthy work is reasonably priced, and academic libraries should consider it for their serious scholars of Nazi Germany.-Antonio Thompson, Austin Peay State Univ., Clarksville, TN Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

One of the most important and original books to be published about the Third Reich in the past twenty years. A tour de force.
Niall Ferguson
"Tooze has produced the most striking history of German strategy in the Second World War that we possess. This is an extraordinary achievement, and it places Adam Tooze in a very select company of historians indeed ... Tooze has given us a masterpiece which will be read, and admired; and it will stimulate others for a long time to come."
Nicholas Stargardt, "History Today"
It is among Adam Tooze's many virtues, in ""The Wages of Destruction: The Making and Breaking of the Nazi Economy,"" that he can write about such matters with authority, explaining the technicalities of bombers and battleships. Hovering over his chronicle are two extraordinary questions: how Germany managed to last as long as it did before the collapse of 1945 and why, under Hitler, it thought it could achieve supremacy at all.
Norman Stone, "The Wall Street Journal"
"Virtually every page of his book contains something new and thought-provoking, making the whole an impressive achievement, in which original research has been combined with critical scrutiny of a vast literature that seems ripe for such a re-examination."
Michael Burleigh, "The Sunday Times (London)"
A magnificent demonstration of the explanatory power of economic history.
"The Times" (London)
Masterful . . . Tooze has added his name to the roll call of top-class scholars of Nazism.
"Financial Times"
aOne of the most important and original books to be published about the Third Reich in the past twenty years. A tour de force.a
aNiall Ferguson
"Tooze has produced the most striking history of German strategy in the Second World War that we possess. This is an extraordinary achievement, and it places Adam Tooze in a very select company of historians indeed ... Tooze has given us a masterpiece which will be read, and admired; and it will stimulate others for a long time to come."
aNicholas Stargardt, "History Today"
aIt is among Adam Tooze's many virtues, in ""The Wages of Destruction: The Making and Breaking of the Nazi Economy,"" that he can write about such matters with authority, explaining the technicalities of bombers and battleships. Hovering over his chronicle are two extraordinary questions: how Germany managed to last as long as it did before the collapse of 1945 and why, under Hitler, it thought it could achieve supremacy at all.a
aNorman Stone, "The Wall Street Journal"
"Virtually every page of his book contains something new and thought-provoking, making the whole an impressive achievement, in which original research has been combined with critical scrutiny of a vast literature that seems ripe for such a re-examination."
aMichael Burleigh, "The Sunday Times (London)"
aA magnificent demonstration of the explanatory power of economic history.a
a"The Times" (London)
aMasterful . . . Tooze has added his name to the roll call of top-class scholars of Nazism.a
a"Financial Times"
"One of the most important and original books to be published about the Third Reich in the past twenty years. A tour de force."
-Niall Ferguson
"Tooze has produced the most striking history of German strategy in the Second World War that we possess. This is an extraordinary achievement, and it places Adam Tooze in a very select company of historians indeed ... Tooze has given us a masterpiece which will be read, and admired; and it will stimulate others for a long time to come."
-Nicholas Stargardt, "History Today"
"It is among Adam Tooze's many virtues, in ""The Wages of Destruction: The Making and Breaking of the Nazi Economy,"" that he can write about such matters with authority, explaining the technicalities of bombers and battleships. Hovering over his chronicle are two extraordinary questions: how Germany managed to last as long as it did before the collapse of 1945 and why, under Hitler, it thought it could achieve supremacy at all."
-Norman Stone,

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