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Best of Germany

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Enrich your travels with reading! Here's a hand-picked list prepared for your journey in conjunction with the book experts at Longitude. We have updated the original package. These are the current recommendations.
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Item EXGER128. Buy these 4 items as a set for $72 including shipping, 15% off the retail price. With free shipping on anything else you order.  Buy Package

Eyewitness Guide Germany

GER133
Eyewitness Guides
DK Publishing
2016
584
1465440186
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
Featuring color photography, excellent local maps and a region-by-region synopsis of the country's attractions.
$30.00

The German Way

GER12
Hyde Flippo
McGraw-Hill
1997
138
0844225134
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
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.
$18.00

The Berlin Diaries

GER104
Marie Vassiltchikov
Vintage Books
1988
368
0394757777
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
12/14/2013
0
1
0
0
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.
$17.95

Germany Adventure Map

GER07
National Geographic
National Geographic Maps
2012
2
156695603X
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
A double-sided full color map of Germany at a scale of 1:825,000. Printed on waterproof, tear-resistant paper.
$11.95

Vienna Map

AST31
Berndtson & Berndtson
Borch Maps
2012
2
3866095430
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
A handy laminated map of the city center.
$9.95

Eyewitness Guide Munich & the Bavarian Alps

GER119
Eyewitness Guides
DK Publishing
2016
336
1465440194
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
This comprehensive, illustrated guide is filled with excellent maps, hundreds of photographs and succinct overviews of history, culture and sightseeing.
$25.00

Prost! The Story of German Beer

GER99
Horst D. Dornbusch
National Book Network
1997
160
0937381551
PAPER
Food
0
1
0
0
The Munich-based aficionado weaves history and culture with the marvels and mysteries of German beer in this brief, authoritative guide.
$14.95

A Concise History of Germany

GER13
Mary Fulbrook
Cambridge University Press
2004
277
0521540712
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
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.
$35.99

Five Germanys I Have Known

GER173
Fritz Stern
Farrar, Straus & Giroux
2007
546
0374530866
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
Professor Stern brings his intellect, experience and insight to this tremendous book on 20th-century Germany and its multiple transformations.
$16.00

Germany in the High Middle Ages, 1050-1200

GER31
Horst Fuhrmann
Cambridge University Press
1992
209
0521319803
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
A masterly survey of German development through the first three crusades and the rise of the kingdom of Germany.
$49.99

Hitler and the Holocaust

EUR114
Robert S. Wistrich
Modern Library
2003
295
0812968638
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
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.
$17.00

Hitler's Willing Executioners, Ordinary Germans and the Holocaust

GER06
Daniel Jonah Goldhagen
Vintage Books
1997
624
0679772685
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
The controversial study of what ordinary German citizens did -- and did not do -- in reaction to the escalating horrors of WWII.
$18.95

Nuremberg, Infamy on Trial

GER106
Joseph E. Persico
Penguin Putnam
1995
544
014016622X
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
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.
$17.00

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

GER25
Steven Ozment
HarperCollins
1997
256
0060977213
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
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.
$15.99

The German Empire, A Short History

GER189
Michael Sturmer
Modern Library
2002
192
0812966201
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
A lively short history in the excellent Modern Library Chronicles series, matching writers and subjects.
$16.00

The Germans

GER10
Gordon A. Craig
Meridian Books
1991
361
0452010853
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
A gifted historian, Craig explores the paradoxes of German identity in this masterful portrait of German life, past and present, with chapters on religion, money, Jews, women, literature and society, Berlin and language.
$18.00

When in Germany, Do as the Germans Do

GER149
Hyde Flippo
McGraw-Hill
2002
176
0844225533
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
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.
$15.95

Baroque and Rococo Art

EUR53
Germain Bazin
Thames & Hudson
1985
288
0500200181
PAPER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
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.
$21.95

Bauhaus

GER55
Frank Whitford
Thames & Hudson
1984
216
0500201935
PAPER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
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.
$19.95

Dream Palaces, The Last Royal Courts of Europe

EUR187
Jerome Coignard, Marc Walter (Photographer)
Abrams
2004
288
0865652287
HARD COVER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
1
This beautifully illustrated portrait of 11 extravagant European follies includes Neuschwanstein, Alexandra Cottage, Stolzenfels castle, Miramare castle, Peles castle, and Achilleion villa.
$65.00

The Gothic Enterprise, A Guide to Understanding the Medieval Cathedral

EUR190
Robert A. Scott
University of California Press
2005
294
0520246802
PAPER
Art & Architecture
1
0
0
0
An enthusiast, Scott delves into the history, design, architecture and wonder of Europe's medieval cathedrals and great Abbey churches.
$26.95

Elizabeth and Her German Garden

GER72
Elizabeth Von Arnim
Trafalgar Square
2001
208
1844083497
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
The gently satirical, light-hearted first book by English novelist Von Arnim tells of daily life on a Pomeranian estate. Originally published in 1898, it's an intimate, semi-autobiographical account in the form of a diary.
$15.95

Here I Stand, A Life of Martin Luther

GER64
Roland Herbert Bainton
Penguin Putnam
1995
336
0452011469
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
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.
$18.00

Peeling the Onion

GER221
Gunter Grass
Lightning Source
2008
448
0156035340
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
The Nobel Prize-winning novelist recounts his childhood, youth and early life through his move to Paris and publication of The Tin Drum in 1959. He describes his childhood in Danzig, his time in the Waffen SS and as a POW in an American camp.
$24.95

The Bells in Their Silence, Travels through Germany

GER142
Michael Gorra
Princeton University Press
2006
232
0691126178
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
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.
$32.95

All Quiet on the Western Front

GER15
Erich Maria Remarque
Ballantine Books
1996
295
0449911497
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
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.
$16.00

Rilke: Poems

GER176
Rainer Maria Rilke
Everyman's Library
1996
225
067945098X
HARD COVER
Literature
0
0
0
0
A pocket poet edition of Rilke's poems in the Everyman's Library pocket poet series.
$14.95

Stones from the River, A Novel

GER213
Ursula Hegi
Touchstone
1997
525
068484477X
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
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).
$16.99

The Berlin Stories

GER19
Christopher Isherwood
New Directions Publishing Corporation
2008
256
081121804X
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
"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.
$17.95

The Blue Flower

GER21
Penelope Fitzgerald
Mariner Books
2014
320
0395859972
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
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.
$14.95

The Good German

GER198
Joseph Kanon
Picador USA
2002
482
0312421265
PAPER
Mystery
0
0
0
0
Kanon's suspenseful tale of love, espionage and moral quandary captures the ruin and mystique of Berlin in the days after WWII.
$27.00

The Tin Drum

GER33
Gunter Grass
Mariner Books
2010
582
0547339100
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
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.
$16.95

For Kids

Hitler Youth, Growing Up In Hitler's Shadow

GER180
Susan Campbell Bartoletti
Scholastic Inc.
2005
176
0439353793
HARD COVER
History
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
In this eye-opening, award-winning history for middle-schoolers, Bartoletti shows the growth of Nazi power and the Hitler Youth movement through profiles of 12 individuals.
$21.99

Betsy and the Great World

EUR116
Maud Hart Lovelace
HarperCollins
1996
321
0064405451
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
1
YOUNG ADULTS
Irrepressible Betsy Ray -- would-be novelist and romantic idealist with two left feet -- is 21 years old and bound for Europe in this delightful installment in the "Betsy-Tacy" series.
$6.95

The Star of Kazan

CEU24
Eva Ibbotson, Kevin Hawkes (Illustrator)
Dutton Inc.
2006
404
0525473475
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
YOUNG ADULTS
A delightful young adult adventure that twists and turns through fin-de-siecle Vienna. Annika, a foundling taken in by a household of eccentric professors and kind hearted servants, is enchanted by the spectacle of Vienna and the simple pleasures of domestic chores. Her life is turned upside-down when her aristocratic mother unexpectedly reappears in her life and sweeps her off to live in a castle in Germany.
$8.99

The Juniper Tree and Other Tales from Grimm

GER144
Lore Segal (Translator), Maurice Sendak (Illustrator)
Farrar, Straus & Giroux
2003
368
0374339716
HARD COVER
Literature
0
0
0
0
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.
$28.00

Worth Looking For

An Illustrated History of the First World War

WAR16
John Keegan
Alfred Knopf
2001
448
037541259X
HARD COVER
History
0
0
0
1
An illustrated edition of Keegan's outstanding history of the Great War
$50.00

Ludwig II of Bavaria, The Swan King

GER27
Christopher McIntosh
St. Martins
2012
331
1848858477
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
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.
$29.50

Frederick the Great

GER84
Theodor Schieder
Longman
2000
289
0582017696
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
1
A topical rather than chronological biography addressing the principal controversies surrounding Frederick the Great.
$66.99