Harvard historian Niall Ferguson discusses his book "The War of the World: 20th Century Conflict and the Descent of the West" Ferguson is a leading historian of the global economy and author of such internationally acclaimed works as The Pity of War, The CashNexus: Money and Power in the Modern World, Empire: The Rise and Demise of the British World Order and Lessons for Global Power, Colossus: The Price of America's Empire, and the award-winning History of the House of Rothschild. His most recent book, The War of the World: Twentieth-Century Conflict and the Descent of the West, which is expected to hit shelves Sept. 21, examines why the 20th century proved to be the most violent, frightening and brutalized century in history with fanatical, often genocidal warfare engulfing most societies between the outbreak of World War I and the end of the Cold War. The War of the World explores what went wrong with the century and how society was responsible. (Sep 12, 2006 at Vanderbilt University)
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