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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)

Dresden: Tuesday, February 13, 1945

Dresden: Tuesday, February 13, 1945

by Frederick Taylor

  • HISTORY
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 376 PAGES

A re-evaluation of the Allied firebombing of Dresden, one of the most destructive, and still controversial, air campaigns of WWII. (GER145, $15.99)

Eyewitness Guide Berlin

Eyewitness Guide Berlin

by Malgorzata Omilanowska

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 352 PAGES

This superb guide to Berlin features color photography, dozens of excellent local maps and a synopsis of the city's attractions. Includes Excursions from Berlin, including Potsdam. (GER74, $25.00)

Berlin Map

Berlin Map

by Borch Maps

  • 2006
  • MAP

A laminated, folded map of the city center of Berlin. (GER127, $8.95)

 
Lonely Planet German Phrasebook

Lonely Planet German Phrasebook


by Lonely Planet

  • LANGUAGE & PHRASEBOOKS
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 272 PAGES

A palm-sized handy guide to pronunciation, basic grammar and essential vocabulary for the traveler. (GER141, $8.99)

Before the Deluge, A Portrait of Berlin in the 1920's

Before the Deluge, A Portrait of Berlin in the 1920's


by Otto Friedrich

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 418 PAGES

A fascinating portrait of Berlin in the 1920s, this book features illuminating essays and an extraordinary collection of contemporary images of the city before the devastation of WWII. (GER11, $17.99)

It's All About the Bike, The Pursuit of Happiness on Two Wheels

It's All About the Bike, The Pursuit of Happiness on Two Wheels


by Robert Penn

  • SPORT
  • 2012
  • PAPER

A paean to craftsmanship and tradition. En route to building his dream bike (oh, what a brilliant quest!), Robert Penn explores the culture, science and history of the bicycle. (BCY25, $14.00)

Just Ride, A Radically Practical Guide to Riding Your Bike

Just Ride, A Radically Practical Guide to Riding Your Bike


by Grant Petersen

  • SPORT
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 212 PAGES

Bicycle commuter, reformed racer and proprietor of Rivendell Bicycle Works in Walnut Creek California, Grant Petersen covers equipment, health, safety and attitude in 87 short and illustrated, often provocative essays. (BCY22, $13.95)

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 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 Magic Lantern, The Revolution of '89 Witnessed in Warsaw, Budapest, Berlin, and Prague

The Magic Lantern, The Revolution of '89 Witnessed in Warsaw, Budapest, Berlin, and Prague


by Timothy Garton Ash

  • HISTORY
  • 1993
  • PAPER
  • 167 PAGES

With a chapter each on Warsaw, Budapest, Berlin and Prague, this eyewitness account by an astute journalist and historian shows these vibrant cities during a time of great change. (GER36, $15.00)

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)

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)

Berlin Noir

Berlin Noir


by Philip Kerr

  • LITERATURE
  • 1994
  • PAPER
  • 834 PAGES

A trio of novels (March Violets, The Pale Criminal, A German Requiem) that follow the fate of detective Bernie Gunther as he tries to make a living in Nazi Germany. (GER47, $23.00)

Slaughterhouse-Five: or The Children's Crusade

Slaughterhouse-Five: or The Children's Crusade


by Kurt Vonnegut

  • LITERATURE
  • 1991
  • PAPER
  • 215 PAGES

Kurt Vonnegut's popular novel, set during the bombing of Dresden, in the United States and on the distant planet of Tralfamadore. Ranges from satiric absurdity to an extremely powerful account of the destruction of Dresden. (GER70, $7.99)

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 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)

Michelin Map Germany: Mideast 544

Michelin Map Germany: Mideast 544


by Michelin

  • 2008
  • PAPER

A detailed map of the Eastern part of Germany, from Berlin to the Czech Republic, at a scale of 1:300,000. (GER28, $12.95)

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