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The War of the World by Niall Ferguson
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Mar 10, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: modern-history, military-history, the-twentieth-century
Read in September, 2010

I came upon this book by way of the six-part documentary of the same name which based on the book and narrated by Ferguson. I knew of Ferguson prior but only his work on Economic History. Anyhow, the documentary is good but it doesn't give you an idea of the sheer detail contained in this book. In fact I willingly left this book after it's coverage of WW2 concluded. I felt two things at that moment: that if I read on it'd be lost in a sea of twentieth century politico-military history, and; that I immediately needed to read more on the two world wars and the events that lead up to them.

While this book is very detailed and decently long, it's consistently interesting and quite often riveting. It's definitely a book I hope to get to re-read (and maybe even finish) in the future.
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