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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)

Cathedrals and Castles, The Cathedral Builders of the Middle Ages

Cathedrals and Castles, The Cathedral Builders of the Middle Ages

by Alain Erlande-Brandenburg

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 175 PAGES

This pocket-size encyclopedia of the art, architecture and culture of the Middle Ages features hundreds of drawings, color illustrations and a brief chronology. (MED07, $15.95)

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)

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)

 
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)

Berlin Now, The City After the Wall

Berlin Now, The City After the Wall


by Sophie Schlondorff | Peter Schneider

  • HISTORY
  • 2014
  • HARD COVER
  • 336 PAGES

Schneider's history contrasts East and West Berlin, explaining how the vibrant metropolis was shaped by the Cold War. (GER311, $27.00)

Berlin, Portrait of a City Through the Centuries

Berlin, Portrait of a City Through the Centuries


by Rory MacLean

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2014
  • HARD COVER
  • 432 PAGES
  • COMING IN OCTOBER

This beautifully observed portrait of Berlin explores how centuries of constant flux have shaped the city and its inhabitants. Infusing past with present, MacLean explores the city's volatile history over five centuries through reimagined portraits of two dozen key residents: from Berlin's charismatic dictators to its iconic mythmakers. (GER334, $27.99)

Germania, In Wayward Pursuit of the Germans and Their History

Germania, In Wayward Pursuit of the Germans and Their History


by Simon Winder

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 480 PAGES

Winder's witty, entertaining and opinionated portrait of German culture is both an illuminating history and a wonderfully digressive exploration of the powerful and often confounding nation. (GER270, $20.00)

Oberammergau, The Troubling Story of the World's Most Famous Passion Play

Oberammergau, The Troubling Story of the World's Most Famous Passion Play


by James Shapiro

  • HISTORY
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 240 PAGES

A cultural history of Oberammergau and the monumental influence its Passion Play has had on its development. (GER67, $13.00)

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 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 Habsburgs, Dynasty, Culture and Politics

The Habsburgs, Dynasty, Culture and Politics


by Paula Sutter Fichtner

  • HISTORY
  • 2014
  • HARD COVER
  • 288 PAGES

A concise history of the 600-year Habsburg Empire, essential for those interested in European history. Fichtner reveals how the dynasty used propaganda, political maneuvering and public performance to maintain enduring control over an array of cultures and ethnicities. (CEU51, $39.00)

The Habsburgs, Embodying Empire

The Habsburgs, Embodying Empire


by Andrew Wheatcroft

  • HISTORY
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 384 PAGES

With skillful scholarship and engaging style, Wheatcroft reveals the history of this family of eccentric monarchs. (AST11, $18.00)

The People's Car, A Global History of the Volkswagen Beetle

The People's Car, A Global History of the Volkswagen Beetle


by Bernhard Rieger

  • HISTORY
  • 2013
  • HARD COVER
  • 406 PAGES

Rieger engagingly discusses the iconic car, commissioned by Hitler and designed by Ferdinand Porsche, in terms of social, political and cultural importance in this chronicle. (TVL576, $28.95)

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)

Berlin, A City for the Future

Berlin, A City for the Future


by Klaus Hartung

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2014
  • HARD COVER
  • 288 PAGES

This well-designed large format book celebrates the reconstruction of Berlin after WWII through full-color photos of modern architecture, art and Brandenburg-inspired public parks and gardens. (GER318, $40.00)

A Time of Gifts

A Time of Gifts


by Patrick Leigh Fermor

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 384 PAGES
  • BEST SELLER

Fermor effortlessly interweaves anecdote, history and culture in this exuberant account of a walk from Holland, up the Rhine and down the Danube, through Germany, Prague and Austria in 1933. Written not in the moment, but 40 years later, the accumulation of time and experience gives the book particular poignancy. (CEU30, $16.95)

Lola Montez, A Life

Lola Montez, A Life


by Bruce Seymour

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 1998
  • PAPER
  • 480 PAGES

The life of the King Ludwig I's powerful paramour, whose influence may have led to the 1848 revolution in Bavaria. (EUR89, $45.00)

Ludwig II of Bavaria, The Swan King

Ludwig II of Bavaria, The Swan King


by Christopher McIntosh

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 331 PAGES

This lively biography of King Ludwig II, builder of the wild castles of Bavaria, chronicles in fascinating detail Ludwig's rise to the throne at age 18, his devotion to music and architecture and his death under questionable circumstances at the age of 41. (GER27, $18.00)

In a German Pension

In a German Pension


by Katherine Mansfield

  • LITERATURE
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 116 PAGES

Mansfield's first published work, which pierces the bourgeoisie at a Bavarian spa town in 13 interconnected stories. Frau Fischer, the narrator, is wonderful -- and entertaining. (GER134, $13.95)

The Juniper Tree and Other Tales from Grimm

The Juniper Tree and Other Tales from Grimm


by Lore Segal | Maurice Sendak

  • LITERATURE
  • 2003
  • HARD COVER
  • 368 PAGES
  • FAMILY

A new edition of a revered classic (hard-bound with dust jacket and built-in bookmark), distinguished by the choice of tales, sharp translation and, of course, Sendak's haunting illustrations. (GER144, $28.00)

The Spy Who Came in From the Cold

The Spy Who Came in From the Cold


by John Le Carre

  • LITERATURE
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 224 PAGES

The cold war spy thriller that established Le Carre as master of the genre. (GER37, $15.00)

Birds of Europe

Birds of Europe


by Lars Svensson

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 416 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

Featuring 3,500 glorious paintings by Killian Mullarney and Dan Zetterstrom, the second edition of this exquisite guide has been updated with revised text and maps. (FG47, $29.95)

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