The Deluge

The Deluge

The Great War, America and the Remaking of the Global Order, 1916-1931

Book - 2014
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Winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize - History
Finalist for the Kirkus Prize - Nonfiction

A searing and highly original analysis of the First World War and its anguished aftermath

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 matériel 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 industrialorder.

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.
Publisher: New York :, Viking,, 2014, ©2014.
ISBN: 9780670024926
Branch Call Number: 940. 31 TOO
Characteristics: xxiii, 643 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm


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Dec 26, 2014

Compare and contrast this work of "history" to Chris Hedges' book, Death of the Liberal Class and qualify the differences. Reluctant entry into WWI? Hmmmm....? The bankers' first major war, the American Banksters, that is. Carnegie and Schwab illegally sold the subs to Germany which would sink the Lusitania [through Canadian companies]. Later, in 1920, the Bureau of Investigation [later to be called the FBI] would simultaneously raid the activists and socialists in 70 cities, beating them up, destroying their printing presses and jailing 10,000. All this laid down in the Wilson administration. But overall, a realistic take on Wilson, and am in full agreement with the author's premise and conclusions.

Dec 26, 2014

A valuable re-examination: with so many parallels between then and now, I was able to dip into this at almost any point and find new understanding, which then led me on to others. Fresh and original. If you're tired of rehashes, try this.
The reason I didn't give it another star is that it introduces so much unfamiliar matter that I kept getting lost. It was like taking a somewhat rushed tour of a museum.

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