One of Zenpundit’s most influential book recommendations for me was The Wages of Destruction: The Making and Breaking of the Nazi Economy by Adam Tooze. Wages of Destruction made most other books on the Nazi
complicated run German economy of 1920-1945 look infantile. I read Tooze’s newest book The Deluge: The Great War and the Remaking of Global Order 1916-1931 over July. A review is in the works. While you stay up nights waiting for that, Tooze gave three lectures at Stanford University’s Europe Center worth absorbing based on The Deluge:
- Making Peace in Europe 1917-1919: Brest-Litovsk and Versailles
- Hegemony: Europe, America and the problem of financial reconstruction, 1916-1933
- Unsettled Lands: the interwar crisis of agrarian Europe
The rise of the American empire 1849-1922 is the great question of our time.
[Cross-posted on Zenpundit]