Adam Tooze But, as THE WAGES OF DESTRUCTION makes clear, Hitler was never remotely strong enough to beat either Britain or the. 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. Buy The Wages of Destruction: The Making and Breaking of the Nazi Economy New Edition by Adam Tooze (ISBN: ) from Amazon’s Book Store.

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The discussion of lebensraum is illuminating.

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As the debate over at J. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? As an economist I enjoyed the reading of this book from the very first page to page Aug 21, Mark Saha rated it it was amazing. In addition to the well-argued points that Tooze advances, the book taught me some memorable facts.

Apr 17, Tripp rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: View all 4 comments. I suppose that Tooze’s book will not be the final say on this highly controversial issue, and I do not feel qualified to arbiter on this controversy.

Another new thing I learned was how Hitler’s conception of Lebensraum “living space”which drove his conquest of the East, was tied to his view of competition with America. Germany was incapable of doing anything comparable. Success would come quickly nor not at all.


So perhaps the overall message of the book is the momentum adamm of economics but of geography and demography. Brilliantly written, its original scholarship is telling and lightly borne on every page. Apr 10, Stefan rated it it was amazing. However, just as one cannot avoid the laws of physics, there is no way to avoid basic principles of economics: There was nothing to gain by delay. This freed his government to rule by decree.

The Wages of Destruction

If they are identified, it is usually on the basis of nefarious special interests hoping to get their narrow agendas satisfied. For the economic historian, the great pitched battles of the second te war, from Stalingrad to Midway, are not primarily exercises in strategy, brutality or heroism but the titanic amassing of capital and human beings and their concentration on a point of space and history.

It seems that men, despite all their hubris, cannot overcome the reality that prices set on a free market are the best way to allocate resources. What can I say?

The outcome of Alamein “was never in doubt”. Nov 29, Mark Adams rated it it was amazing. Here ttooze see the contrast between Nazi rhetoric and the reality of the universe most starkly.

It enabled an astonishing one-tenth of German Jews 50, people to escape Nazi Germany, bringing with them million Reichsmarks, which they exchanged for 5. To ask other readers questions about The Wages of Destructionplease sign up.


The Wages of Destruction – ADAM TOOZE

In the book Tooze writes that having failed to defeat Britain inthe economic logic of the war drove the Nazis to invade the Soviet Union. The Wages of Destruction may just be that book. In other sections the book shows that by their own reckoning General Halder’s anyway the Nazis had lost ttooze war by July – or at least they had got bogged down in a war of attrition they could never win.

This article is also available for rental through DeepDyve. Not on the battlefield but in the factory and in the office.

One possible reason is that the Germany army never had the resources to properly implement the plan, wagges thus, that it was a massive failure according to its own standards. I will admit it took me a little while to get into, mainly because the hardback edition is unwieldy.