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Publisher's Summary

Based on a lifetime living in and reporting on Germany and Central Europe, award-winning journalist and author Peter Millar tackles the fascinating and complex story of the people at the heart of our continent.
Focussing on nine cities (only six of which are in the Germany of today), he takes us on a zigzag ride back through time via the fall of the Berlin Wall through the horrors of two world wars and the patchwork states of the Middle Ages to the splendour of Charlemagne and the fall of Rome, with side swipes at everything on the way, from Henry VIII to the Spanish Empire.
Included are mini portraits of aspects of German culture, from sex and money to food and drink. Not just a book about Germany but about Europe as a whole and how we got where we are today - and where we might be tomorrow.
©2017 Peter Millar (P)2018 Audible, Ltd
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1 out of 5 stars
By rbergen on 02-27-18

Left of reality

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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5 out of 5 stars
By Mike Baker on 02-17-18

Balanced, Light and Informative

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.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Martin on 01-31-18

Loved it!

A great, very informative and funny book about the history of the Germans. More of this please!

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