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The Pity of War: Explaining World War I Paperback – Mar 2 2000

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  • Paperback: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Basic Books; Revised ed. edition (March 3 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0465057128
  • ISBN-13: 978-0465057122
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 3.3 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 612 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars 27 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #137,511 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"There is much to admire in The Pity of War...Niall Ferguson can confidently claim to have inherited [A.J.P.] Taylor's mantle."―New York Review of Books

"An illuminating synthesis of current knowledge on the war. The reader will find plenty of fresh information and challenging ideas on the conflict's most important aspects."―New York Times Book Review

"The Pity of War is one of the most controversial histories to come along in decades. Niall Ferguson...offers a bold, revisionist account of the Great War." Washington Post―Washington Post

"Niall Ferguson, the enfant terrible of the Oxford history establishment...shatter[s] the display cases of the museum of World War I. Persuasive...affecting."―Boston Globe

"A rich and provocative book, evocative and heartbreaking. Ferguson is a talented writer and a versatile scholar."―Atlantic

"Brings for the first time the carnage of 1914-18 into sharp, unmystified focus. This is analytical history at its mordant best. With all its other merits, The Pity of War is also a work of grace and feeling."―Economist

About the Author

Niall Ferguson is one of the world's most renowned historians. He is the author of books including:The House of Rothschild, The Cash Nexus, Empire, Colossus, The War of the World, The Ascent of Money, High Financier, Civilization, The Great Degeneration, Kissinger, 1923-1968: The Idealist, and The Square and the Tower. He is Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, and a Visiting Professor at Tsinghua University, Beijing. His many awards include the Benjamin Franklin Prize for Public Service (2010), the Hayek Prize for Lifetime Achievement (2012) and the Ludwig Erhard Prize for Economic Journalism (2013).

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