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No: war material is life-saving for one’s own people and whoever works and performs in these spheres can be proud of it; here enterprise as a whole finds its highest justification of existence… Gustav Krupp

Tooze has written an interesting book that approaches some of the truths of the inherent failings of National Socialism without decisively stating that the biggest clue is in the name itself. The Soviet Union was, and in many ways still is, not a union of Socialists republics but rather a slave labor camp. England may have many of the elements of socialism but thanks to being an island of shopkeepers the most insidious forms of parasitism have not taken systemic hold of the system. While Hitler might have defeated either he could not have defeated both and finally it took the last market economy in the world to secure the final victory. Tooze gives a very good starting point but it will take someone a little more prescient about market economies – and willing to slay the sacred cows of statism – to explain the entire phenomena.

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The wages of destruction : the making and breaking of the Nazi economy  Adam Tooze  New York : Viking, 2007  Hardcover. Originally published: London : Allen Lane, 2006. 1st American ed. and printing. xxvii, 799 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm. Includes bibliographical references (p. 689-773) and index. Clean, tight and strong binding with clean dust jacket. No highlighting, underlining or marginalia in text. VG/VG

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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 challenges the conventional economic interpretations of that period to explore how Hitler’s surprisingly prescient vision – ultimately hindered by Germany’s limited resources and his own racial ideology – was to create a German super-state to dominate Europe and compete with what he saw as America’s overwhelming power in a soon-to-be globalized world. The Wages of Destruction is a chilling work of originality and tremendous scholarship that is already setting off debate in Germany and will fundamentally change the way in which history views the Second World War.

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This chilling, fascinating new book is the first fully to get to grips with how Hitler’s Nazi empire REALLY functioned. There was no aspect of Nazi power untouched by economics – it was Hitler’s obsession and the reason the Nazis came to power in the first place. The Second World War was fought, in Hitler’s view, to create a European Empire strong enough to take on the United States – a last chance for Europe to dig itself in before being swept away by the USA’s ever greater power. But, as THE WAGES OF DESTRUCTION makes clear, Hitler was never remotely strong enough to beat either Britain or the Soviet Union – and never even had a serious plan as to how he might defeat the USA. It took years of fighting and the deaths of millions of people to destroy the Third Reich, but effectively World War II in Europe was fought in pursuit of a fantasy: the years in which Western Europe could settle the world’s fate were, by 1939, long past. This is a major book by a major author and will provoke an enormous amount of controversy and debate.

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