"The single greatest strength of Niall Ferguson's vigorous and combative dissection of the war is that it reinstates the centrality of finance....[it] eschews narrative to confront ten propositions. They focus on the central and...unnecessary confrontation between Germany and Britain, and they reveal rather more about the war's causes and economic consequences than they do about its course. In answering his own questions, Ferguson is often brilliant, sometimes tendentious, and always interesting. But his selectivity is the reason why the individual arguments are greater than the whole."Ferguson, Niall is the author of 'Pity of War', published 2000 under ISBN 9780465057122 and ISBN 0465057128.