The Deluge

  • by Adam Tooze
  • Narrated by Ralph Lister
  • 21 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.


What the Critics Say

"Tooze's grand economic history is stimulating, persuasive, and surprisingly accessible." (Publishers Weekly)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

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 interest 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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- R. A. Jackson

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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Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-13-2014
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio