Berlin

Berlin is much more than the former capital of Nazi Germany. At the political and geographical centre of the Second World War and the Cold War, the city has also been at the cultural heart of Europe for hundreds of years–and continues to set architectural, musical and fashion trends in the twenty-first century. Similarly, Berlin produced authors such as Theodor Fontane and Bertolt Brecht and now Continue reading

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Stasiland, Stories from Behind the Berlin Wall

In 1989, the Berlin Wall fell; shortly afterwards the two Germanies reunited, and East Germany ceased to exist. In a country where the headquarters of the secret police can become a museum literally overnight, and one in 50 East Germans were informing on their countrymen and women, there are a thousand stories just waiting to get out. Anna Funder tells extraordinary tales from the underbelly of th Continue reading

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A Year in the Scheisse – Getting to Know the Germans

A Year in the Scheisse is the memorable and hilarious story of an English journalist`s adventures – including his encounters with women – as he tries to get to grip with the Germans.‘It was time, the editor told me, for a more modern approach to Germany…The three of us were the backbone of the British press corps. No cliché about Germany left the country without us having given it our seal of Continue reading

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Berlin: City of Imagination

The first single-volume biography of Berlin, one of the world`s great cities – told via twenty-one portraits, from medieval times to the twenty-first century. A city devastated by Allied bombs, divided by a Wall, then reunited and reborn, Berlin today resonates with the echo of lives lived, dreams realised and evils executed. No other city has repeatedly been so powerful and fallen so low. And few Continue reading

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Berlin: the Biography of A City

The authors tell the story of Berlin through political events and through a vast range of extraordinary personalities: politicians, soldiers and businessmen, artists, writes and performers, and the often bizarre Hohenzollern princes who ruled the city before 1918. Above all, they tell the story of the ”little people” – wave after wave of immigrants transformed into that unique character, the B Continue reading

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Planisphere for Latitude 51.5° North

Planisphere for Latitude of 51.5° North from Philip’s, a disc showing what can be seen in the sky on any particular date and time within 10 degrees north and south of 51.5°N – an interesting accessory for anyone on holidays away from the city lights and air pollution, and an invaluable aid for astronomy enthusiasts, both beginners and advanced observers. Centred on the latitude of London, this Continue reading

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1938: Hitler`s Gamble

In this masterly new work, acclaimed historian Giles MacDonogh explores the moment when Hitler gambled everything. Until 1938, Hitler could be dismissed as a ruthless but efficient dictator, a problem to Germany alone; after 1938 he was clearly a threat to the entire world. In that year The Third Reich came of age and the Fuhrer showed his hand – bringing Germany into line with Nazi ideology and Continue reading

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Angela Merkel: The Authorized Biography

With the Eurozone engulfed in an unprecedented crisis, one political figure looms largest of all, Angela Merkel, the leader of its most powerful economy. While foreign affairs have become the central issues of her chancellorship in this crucial election year, the entire world is anxiously looking to Germany to play its part in Europe`s rescue. This authorized biography sheds light on the person b Continue reading

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