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Author is a self described hippie who refers to the National Socialists (Nazi's) as "right wing" and communist East Germans as "conservative". Apparently nobody on the left is capable of horrors such as Dresden etc. Of course the Soviets proved differently as they raped and killed all the way through Berlin.
Much excuse making from this Berlin native. Hand wringing over WW2 Allied bombing is tiresome and ridiculous. Germany got the total war it sought to inflict on the world.
I'm sending this book back.
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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
Yes, as an introduction to the long sweep of German history, also its current attitudes and mores, it's very good.
What did you like best about this story?
The conversational style, filled with tangents that could be confusing in less capable hands, but always drew back carefully and concisely to the original point.
Which scene did you most enjoy?
The chapter on Vienna gives the kind of potted, concise history of the Habsburg dynasty that many more sprawling efforts get lost in and consumed by.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
The utter contrast between actual German attitudes to the country's place in Europe and the jaded, jingoistic perception by many in the UK. A sad gulf that doesn't look like being filled any time shortly.
Any additional comments?
Highly recommended and very enjoyable read.
A great, very informative and funny book about the history of the Germans. More of this please!