The War of the World by Professor Niall Ferguson is touted as a radically different perspective on the wars of the last century. In fact this diatribe has a tendency to state the obvious.
One word is used often, Inhuman. This word suggests that cruel violence is contrary to human behaviour but in fact human beings have consistently shown through out history a prevalence for violence rather than any other characteristic.
It is interesting to see that after some time has passed conspiracy can be legitimately entered into historical record such as the false flag operations of the Japanese against the Chinese or the general acceptance that Pearl Harbor was not the surprise attack it was publicised to be. Professor Niall Ferguson is ready to believe acts of state sponsored terrorism but remarkably supports the crazed lone gunman theory when talking about the assassination of JFK.
For a more rewarding documentary on war, ideology and human behaviour I would recommend the "The Power of Nightmares: The Rise of the Politics of Fear" (2004) by Adam Curtis.
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