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Publisher's Summary

In the depths of the Great War, with millions dead and no imaginable end to the conflict, societies around the world began to buckle. The heart of the financial system shifted from London to New York. The infinite demands for men and materiel reached into countries far from the front. The strain of the war ravaged all economic and political assumptions, bringing unheard-of changes in the social and industrial order. A century after the outbreak of fighting, Adam Tooze revisits this seismic moment in history, challenging the existing narrative of the war, its peace, and its aftereffects. From the day the United States enters the war in 1917 to the precipice of global financial ruin, Tooze delineates the world remade by American economic and military power.

Tracing the ways in which countries came to terms with America's centrality - including the slide into fascism - The Deluge is a chilling work of great originality that will fundamentally change how we view the legacy of World War I.

©2014 Adam Tooze (P)2014 Tantor
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"Tooze's grand economic history is stimulating, persuasive, and surprisingly accessible." ( Publishers Weekly)

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Excellent study of the period

There was very little that was brand new in this narrative, but it is one of the very best synthesis I have ever read on the period. I would recommend this book to any one studying or interested in the interwar period. It provides an understanding and layout of the dynamics of international affairs as the world began its slide into the diplomacy of the 1930s. It is the single best volume on this period.

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Tour de force WW I history

Integrating a deep understanding of economics into the political narrative of the Great War provides a new perspective on understanding the forces that drove the world to war and back again.

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Not For The Faint of Heart

This is serious discussion of post ww1 economics that helps explain the progression of German, Japan and Russia to high levels of military power prior to ww2. It identifies economic policies and the decisions that opened the way for eventual conflict. However, none of that predicted Hitler. And Frances reluctance to oppose Hitler in the Rhineland is not discussed at all, even though France showed no such reluctance to fully occupy The Rhineland to enforce reparations earlier and that is discussed at length.

I recommend this to patient, curious readers.

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Dense...really dense

This book is really dense in terms of topics and I needed a bit more hand holding at times in terms of background. But in my mind if you are interested in this topic, it will definitely get you the info you need. I guess I just needed a bit more of an "Economics and Politics of WWI for Dummies" type book. But that won't stop me from reading Tooze's book on the financial crisis.

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Interesting book marred by poor reading

The reader has an unusual and very annoying cadence. He continuously drops his voice as if to signal the end of a sentence or an independent clause when he simply between phrases or about to begin an adjective or adverb clause.
I have never experienced this kind of reading before. It makes the presentation very choppy and more difficult to follow. It affected my opinion of the book enough to think that I can't otherwise critique it.

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Insightful and compelling

A great read. A major work of history that illuminates little understood forces and social change of the interwar period.

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Very interesting but also very Keynesian

The economic analysis focuses mostly on credit markets and seem to forget that real resourses where destroyed in the war.
otherwise Great

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Tooze Rocks!

I’ve read The Wages of Destruction (economics of Nazi Germany) and this book, the Deluge. For anyone who enjoys history but wants an economic understanding, Tooze raises history to a new level. I highly recommend his books.

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Great Insight

This book offers valuable insight into the background that led to World War II. It recounts and weaves together the politics and machinations of the many different actors that unwittingly laid the framework for the war that would overshadow the Great War that Europe had just emerged from.

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A Very Wide View

The Deluge is an incredibly, almost overwhelmingly expansive tour of the geo-economic-political world map towards the end of WW1 and into the Global Depression. Tooze provides powerful context to world events with narrative detail that will satisfy anyone. For it’s amazing achievements it also is perhaps a bit too wide of a view into the era. While some characters like Lloyd George and Stresemann have enough page time to exist as full characters, the side detours into Middle Eastern and Asian politics felt well researched but leave some major world figures as shadows. That all being said, it’s economy is admirable given the ambition of the bite.