The Wages of Destruction by Adam Tooze
The Making and Breaking of the Nazi Economy

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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 challenges the conventional economic 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 German super-state to dominate Europe and compete with what he saw as America's overwhelming power in a soon-to- be globalized world. The Wages of Destruction is a chilling work of originality and tremendous scholarship that is already setting off debate in Germany and will fundamentally change the way in which history views the Second World War.

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Adam Tooze is a senior lecturer in economic history at the University of Cambridge and the Hart Fellow in history at Jesus College, Cambridge. He has been awarded the Leverhulme Prize for modern history.
Published March 22, 2007 by Penguin Books. 848 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, History, Travel, War, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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And anyone who paid attention could have seen the war coming: Though it was on its face economically ruinous, Hitler had demanded in 1936 that the “German economy must be fit for war within four years,” and the state and economy obliged as best they could.

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The Wages of Destruction: The Making and the Breaking of the Nazi Economy by Adam Tooze 800pp, Allen Lane, £30 Whatever else it was, Adolf Hitler's short-lived regime was also a colossal industrial process by which the wealth and productive power of much of Europe was wrenched from its normal ...

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