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Eyewitness Guide Germany

Eyewitness Guide Germany

by Eyewitness Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 584 PAGES

Featuring color photography, excellent local maps and a region-by-region synopsis of the country's attractions. (GER133, $30.00)

The German Way

The German Way

by Hyde Flippo

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 1997
  • PAPER
  • 138 PAGES

This clever A-to-Z guide to quirks, attitudes, behavior and customs is a terrific resource for travelers seeking insight into why the Germans, Austrians and Swiss do what they do. (GER12, $18.00)

The Berlin Diaries

The Berlin Diaries

by Marie Vassiltchikov

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 1988
  • PAPER
  • 368 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

The compulsively readable wartime account of an emigre Russian princess who was secretary to Adam Von Trott, mastermind of the failed 20th of July plot to assassinate Hitler. Idealistic, vivacious and observant, "Missie" conveys the flavor of Berlin during the 1940s. (GER104, $16.95)

Germany Adventure Map

Germany Adventure Map

by National Geographic

  • 2012
  • MAP

A double-sided full color map of Germany at a scale of 1:825,000. Printed on waterproof, tear-resistant paper. (GER07, $11.95)

 
Vienna Map

Vienna Map


by Borch Maps

  • 2008
  • MAP

A handy laminated map of the city center. (AST31, $9.95)

Eyewitness Guide Munich & the Bavarian Alps

Eyewitness Guide Munich & the Bavarian Alps


by Eyewitness Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 328 PAGES

This comprehensive, illustrated guide is filled with excellent maps, hundreds of photographs and succinct overviews of history, culture and sightseeing. (GER119, $25.00)

Prost! The Story of German Beer

Prost! The Story of German Beer


by Horst D. Dornbusch

  • FOOD
  • 1997
  • PAPER
  • 160 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

The Munich-based aficionado weaves history and culture with the marvels and mysteries of German beer in this brief, authoritative guide. (GER99, $14.95)

A Concise History of Germany

A Concise History of Germany


by Mary Fulbrook

  • HISTORY
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 277 PAGES

This essential short history of Germany -- a whirlwind survey in less than 300 pages -- explores the relationships between social, political and cultural factors in this land located in the center of Europe. (GER13, $30.99)

Five Germanys I Have Known

Five Germanys I Have Known


by Fritz Stern

  • HISTORY
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 546 PAGES

Professor Stern brings his intellect, experience and insight to this tremendous book on 20th-century Germany and it multiple transformations. (GER173, $16.00)

Germany in the High Middle Ages, 1050-1200

Germany in the High Middle Ages, 1050-1200


by Horst Fuhrmann

  • HISTORY
  • 1992
  • PAPER
  • 209 PAGES

A masterly survey of German development through the first three crusades and the rise of the kingdom of Germany. (GER31, $49.00)

Hitler and the Holocaust

Hitler and the Holocaust


by Robert S. Wistrich

  • HISTORY
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 295 PAGES

A short history of the cultural and political circumstances surrounding the genocide of the Jews. Wistrich looks closely at Anti-Semitism in Germany, Europe and abroad in an attempt to understand the evil unleashed during World War II. (EUR114, $15.00)

Hitler's Willing Executioners, Ordinary Germans and the Holocaust

Hitler's Willing Executioners, Ordinary Germans and the Holocaust


by Daniel Jonah Goldhagen

  • HISTORY
  • 1997
  • PAPER
  • 624 PAGES

The controversial study of what ordinary German citizens did -- and did not do -- in reaction to the escalating horrors of WWII. (GER06, $18.95)

Nuremberg, Infamy on Trial

Nuremberg, Infamy on Trial


by Joseph E. Persico

  • HISTORY
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 544 PAGES

A narrative history of the Nazi war crime trials in Nuremberg. Persico poignantly portrays the numerous characters and events surrounding the proceedings. Well-informed and engrossing. (GER106, $17.00)

The Burgermeister's Daughter, Scandal in a Sixteenth-Century German Town

The Burgermeister's Daughter, Scandal in a Sixteenth-Century German Town


by Steven Ozment

  • HISTORY
  • 1997
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

Meticulously researched and absorbing, this narrative by a Harvard historian traces the legal battle of the daughter of a well-to-do family who was thrown out of her home and disinherited in 1525. (GER25, $13.99)

The German Empire, A Short History

The German Empire, A Short History


by Michael Sturmer

  • HISTORY
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 192 PAGES

A lively short history in the excellent Modern Library Chronicles series, matching writers and subjects. (GER189, $12.95)

The Germans

The Germans


by Gordon A. Craig

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 1991
  • PAPER
  • 361 PAGES

A gifted historian, Craig explores the complex paradoxes of German identity in this masterly portrait of German life, past and present, with chapters on religion, money, Jews, women, literature and society, Berlin and language. (GER10, $18.00)

The Rhine, Culture and Landscape at the Heart of Europe

The Rhine, Culture and Landscape at the Heart of Europe


by Roland Recht

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2001
  • HARD COVER
  • 360 PAGES

This beautifully illustrated, oversized survey of the history, geography and culture of the Rhine shows cities, villages and sights along the river from its source in the Alps to the North Sea. (GER120, $75.00)

When in Germany, Do as the Germans Do

When in Germany, Do as the Germans Do


by Hyde Flippo

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 176 PAGES

A humorous and helpful guide to getting along in Germany, informing travelers on everything from proper restaurant etiquette to how to behave in social situations and how best to appear like a local. (GER149, $15.95)

Baroque and Rococo Art

Baroque and Rococo Art


by Germain Bazin

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 1985
  • PAPER
  • 288 PAGES

An excellent illustrated survey of Baroque and Rococo art and architecture, this volume in the acclaimed "World of Art" series is a good companion to the golden age of Middle Europe. (EUR53, $21.95)

Bauhaus

Bauhaus


by Frank Whitford

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 1984
  • PAPER
  • 216 PAGES

A survey of the highly influential Bauhaus school of design. Whitford follows the movement from its early 20th century history in Germany up through the mark it has left on today's society. (GER55, $19.95)

Dream Palaces, The Last Royal Courts of Europe

Dream Palaces, The Last Royal Courts of Europe


by Jerome Coignard | Marc Walter

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2004
  • HARD COVER
  • 288 PAGES

This beautifully illustrated portrait of 11 extravagant European follies includes Neuschwanstein, Alexandra Cottage, Stolzenfels castle, Miramare castle, Peles castle, and Achilleion villa. (EUR187, $65.00)

The Gothic Enterprise, A Guide to Understanding the Medieval Cathedral

The Gothic Enterprise, A Guide to Understanding the Medieval Cathedral


by Robert A. Scott

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 294 PAGES

An enthusiast, Scott delves into the history, design, architecture and wonder of Europe's medieval cathedrals and great Abbey churches. (EUR190, $26.95)

Here I Stand, A Life of Martin Luther

Here I Stand, A Life of Martin Luther


by Roland Herbert Bainton

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 336 PAGES

Considered one of the most readable biographies of Martin Luther, this volume is an illustrated look at the German religious reformer and his influence on Western civilization. (GER64, $18.00)

Peeling the Onion


by Gunter Grass

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 448 PAGES

This revelatory memoir of the youthful novelist, his childhood in Danzig and, most remarkably his time in the Waffen SS and a as a P.O.W. in an American camp, was published to huge debate in Germany. It ends with his move to Paris and the publication of The Tin Drum. The interplay between Grass as a nave soldier-artist and his adult self gives the memoir its power. (GER221, $24.95)

The Bells in Their Silence, Travels through Germany

The Bells in Their Silence, Travels through Germany


by Michael Gorra

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 232 PAGES

A reflection on a year in Germany, literary and finely tuned to culture, stereotype and self. The book is a rather mystifying mix of observation, literary analysis and philosophical musing. (GER142, $24.95)

All Quiet on the Western Front

All Quiet on the Western Front


by Erich Maria Remarque

  • LITERATURE
  • 1996
  • PAPER
  • 295 PAGES

Written by a soldier in the Kaiser's army, this novel has been hailed as the greatest novel of World War I, and was later made into a memorable film. (GER15, $16.00)

Rilke: Poems

Rilke: Poems


by Rainer Maria Rilke

  • LITERATURE
  • 1996
  • HARD COVER
  • 225 PAGES

A pocket poet edition of Rilke's poems in the Everyman's Library pocket poet series. (GER176, $13.50)

Stones from the River, A Novel

Stones from the River, A Novel


by Ursula Hegi

  • LITERATURE
  • 1997
  • PAPER
  • 525 PAGES

Rich in details of daily life in Germany in the first half of the 20th century, this ambitious novel illuminates the impact of Nazism and complicity of townsfolk through the eyes of Trudi Montag, librarian, storyteller and testimony to difference (she's a Zwerg or dwarf). (GER213, $16.99)

The Berlin Stories

The Berlin Stories


by Christopher Isherwood

  • LITERATURE
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

"The Last of Mr. Norris" and "Goodbye to Berlin" find Sally Bowles, Fraulein Schroeder and the doomed Landauers caught up in the nightlife, danger and mystique of 1931 Berlin. (GER19, $17.95)

The Blue Flower

The Blue Flower


by Penelope Fitzgerald

  • LITERATURE
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 225 PAGES

Set in the Age of Goethe, this exquisitely written short novel is a fictional account of the life of the Romantic poet Novalis. It paints a vivid picture of German intellectual and mercantile life in the late 1700s. (GER21, $13.95)

The Good German

The Good German


by Joseph Kanon

  • MYSTERY
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 482 PAGES

Kanon's suspenseful tale of love, espionage and moral quandary captures the ruin and mystique of Berlin in the days after WWII. (GER198, $20.00)

The Tin Drum

The Tin Drum


by Gunter Grass

  • LITERATURE
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 582 PAGES

Probably the best German novel written since the end of World War II, this is the surreal story of a mute dwarf named Oskar who lives through Nazi Germany and finds himself in a mental institution. (GER33, $15.95)

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