War of the World
Niall Ferguson

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Narrated By: Saul Reichlin

Duration: 1 day, 10 hours and 27 minutes

What to expect

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. Globalizing, 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 brutalized 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.

'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' Independent on Sunday

'The grenade lobbed into the cosy tea party of received wisdom' Max Hastings

'History at its most controversial ... no one can afford to overlook it' Allan Mallinson

Genre

General and world history, Modern warfare, Military history

Listen to a sample

History at its most controversial ... no one can afford to overlook it

Allan Mallinson

A big, bold and brilliantly belligerent book

Sunday Telegraph

The grenade lobbed into the cosy tea party of received wisdom

Max Hastings

A heartbreaking, serious and thoughtful survey of human evil that is utterly fascinating and dramatic

The New York Times

Gripping

Tristram Hunt

Unputdownable, controversial, compelling

Independent on Sunday

Hums with energy, quotable insights and pithy summaries