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Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl
by Anne Frank, et al
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by David Large
Founded in the 13th century as a trading post on a windswept Prussian plain, Berlin was something of an accidental capital. It was selected by Chancellor Bismarck after Germany's unification in 1871, in part because the choice of any other city - Munich, say, or Frankfurt - would have provoked terrible regional rivalries. As it was, the rest of Germany simply looked down on the hinterland Berliners as, in historian David Clay Large's words, "parvenus whose civilization was hardly more substantial than the Prussian sands on which their town was built."

The people who soon swarmed to Berlin from all over Germany - and elsewhere in Europe - put their scorn for the city aside, and they turned it, writes Large, "into a hothouse of modernity, a place that pursued change like a drug." That change becomes a dominant theme as Large charts the rapid growth of Berlin in the early 1900s from regional backwater to a leading European center of socialist politics and the arts. Berlin's avant-garde culture and freewheeling atmosphere made it a target of the Nazi leadership, which put in motion grandiose schemes of social and civil engineering intended to remake it into an imperial city the likes of which the world had never known. Devastated, instead, by World War II and divided by the victorious Allies for four decades afterward, Berlin was, until recently, gray and unattractive compared with many other German cities - and, writes Large, that suited many Germans who "harbored the conviction that Berlin, the former Nazi capital, had no business being pretty or glamorous."

In "Berlin", David Large brings the city's recent past to life. Though lacking the literary flair that makes Alexandra Richie's wider-ranging history of Berlin, Faust's Metropolis, so readable, it stands as a substantial contribution to the historical literature. --Gregory McNamee -

The Burgermeister's Daughter: Scandal in a Sixteenth-Century German Town
by Steven Ozment
Listed under Medieval Germany

Eyewitness Auschwitz: Three Years in the Gas Chambers
by Filip Muller, et al
Listed under Auschwitz

A Concise History of Germany
A Concise History of Germany
by Mary Fulbrook
Book Description: A Concise History of Germany provides a clear and informative guide to the twists and turns of German history from the early Middle Ages to the present day. The multi-faceted, problematic history of the German lands has provoked a wide range of debates and differences of interpretations. Dr. Fulbrook provides a crisp synthesis of a vast array of historical material, and explores the interrelationships among social, political and cultural factors in the light of scholarly controversies. German history is renowned for its peculiarities and paradoxes. The land of Luther, Bach and Goethe is also the land of Hitler and the Holocaust. The "land in the center of Europe" played a pivotal role in the European balance of power, yet never found a satisfactory identity or even stable boundaries. For centuries, the loose framework of the "Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation," dominated by the Austrian Habsburgs, permitted a myriad of social and political forms and cultural traditions. With late, rapid industrialization and unification of a Prussian-dominated "small" Germany, domestic tensions contributed to the unleashing of two world wars in the twentieth century. In the later twentieth century, the status of a divided Germany has echoed, refracted, and has had implications for wider developments and divisions across the world. Only in recent days has the breaching of the Berlin Wall pointed the way to a new beginning in East-West relations, an episode which forms a telling climax to Dr. Fulbrook's guide to a 2000-year history. Mary Fulbrook received her Ph.D. from Harvard in 1979 and is the author of Piety and Politics: Religion and the Rise of Absolutism in England, WÃśrttemberg and Prussia (CUP, 1983). She is currently a lecturer in German History at University College, London. 
Paperback from Cambridge University Press
Crucible of Terror: A Story of Survival Through the Nazi Storm
Crucible of Terror: A Story of Survival Through the Nazi Storm
by Max Liebster
Hardcover from Grammaton Press, LLC.
The Fall of Berlin 1945
by Antony Beevor
Listed under Germany 1945
The Franco-Prussian War : The German Conquest of France in 1870-1871
by Geoffrey Wawro
Hardcover from Cambridge University Press
Hitler's Jewish Soldiers: The Untold Story of Nazi Racial Laws and Men of Jewish Descent in the German Military
by Bryan Mark Rigg
(Hardcover -- May )

In My Hands : Memories of a Holocaust Rescuer
by Irene Gut Opdyke, Jennifer Armstrong (Contributor)
(Paperback -- April 17, )

Into That Darkness : An Examination of Conscience
by Gitta Sereny
Paperback from Vintage

Kaspar Hauser: Europe's Child
by Martin Kitchen
Book Description On Whit Monday 1828, a strange youth, barely able to speak and hardly able to walk appeared in Nuremberg. This new case of a "wild man" excited widespread curiosity, and many prominent figures wanted to test their pedagogical and medical theories on such a promising subject. Who was he? Was he, as many claimed, the rightful heir to the Grand Duchy of Baden, or was he simply an ingenious fraud? This book examines the many ramifications of this fascinating case, and offers many insights into the social, political and intellectual life of Biedermeier Germany.
Hardcover: 256 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.84 x 8.78 x 5.78
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan; ;
ISBN: 0333962141

Luther: Biography of a Reformer
by Frederick Nohl
Hardcover from Concordia Publishing House
Man's Search for Meaning
by Viktor E. Frankl, Gordon W. Allport (Preface)
(Mass Market Paperback -- January )

Masters of Death : The SS-Einsatzgruppen and the Invention of the Holocaust
by Richard Rhodes
(Hardcover -- May 7, )

Maus a Survivors Tale: My Father Bleeds History
by Art Spiegelman
A Pulitzer Prize-winning graphic novel about the holocaust, suitable for readers of all ages.
Listed under Maus - A Survivor's Tale

The Nazi Doctors: Medical Killing and the Psychology of Genocide
by Robert Jay Lifton (Introduction)
Listed under Holocaust

Hitler: 1889-1936 Hubris
by Ian Kershaw
Listed under Hitler

Hitler: 1936-1945 Nemesis
by Ian Kershaw
Listed under Adolf Hitler

Heisenberg and the Nazi Atomic Bomb Project, 1939-1945: A Study in German Culture
by Paul Lawrence Rose
Listed under Atomic Bomb

The Inextinguishable Symphony: A True Story of Music and Love in Nazi Germany
by Martin Goldsmith
Listed under The Holocaust

All but My Life
by Gerda Weissmann Klein
(Paperback -- April )

Wiesel's Night (Cliffs Notes)
by Elie Wiesel, Maryam Riess
(Paperback -- August )

The Longman Companion to Germany Since 1945 (Longman Companions to History)
by Adrian Webb
Listed under Postwar Germany

Mad Princes of Renaissance Germany
by H. C. Erik Midelfort
Publisher: University Press of Virginia;

The German Empire, 1870-1918
by Michael Sturmer
Publisher: Modern Library; (November 7, )

German Castles and Palaces
by Uwe Albrecht

The Last Kaiser: The Life of Wilhelm II
by Giles MacDonogh
Publisher: St. Martin's Press;

The Kaiser and His Court
by John C. G. Röhl
Book Description: Within a couple of decades Kaiser Wilhelm II had led the German Reich into World War and collapse. How did the Kaiser come to have so much power? Using new archival sources, this book analyzes the Kaiser and the nature of his rule. After an original character sketch of the Kaiser, the book then examines the Kaiser's friends and favorites, the neo-absolutist culture of the court and of Berlin society, and the nature of his relationship with the court and with the administrative corps in Prussia and the Reich. A final chapter reveals for the first time the extent of the exiled Kaiser's anti-Semitism.
Paperback: 288 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.65 x 8.96 x 6.00
Publisher: Cambridge University Press; Reprint edition
ISBN: 0521565049

Young Wilhelm: The Kaiser's Early Life, 1859-1888
by John C. G. Rohl
Book Description:
This rich and compelling volume describes the life of Kaiser Wilhelm II from his birth in 1859 to his accession to the Prusso-German throne in 1888, a story so extraordinary that it will fascinate anyone interested in the psychology and the throng of personalities of the period. Its aim is to set the characters on the stage and let them speak for themselves, which in their letters and diaries the Victorians and Wilhelminians did with quite extraordinary clarity and persuasive power. The central theme is the bitter conflict between the handicapped Prince and his liberal parents, and in particular with his mother, the eldest child of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, and the utter failure of a daring educational experiment intended to turn the young Prince into a liberal Anglophile. 
Hardcover: 1016 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 2.00 x 10.25 x 7.25
Publisher: Cambridge University Press; (December )
ISBN: 0521497523

Kaiser Wilhelm II: Germany's Last Emperor
by John Van Der Kiste
ASIN: 0750927364 
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The Kaiser and His Times
by Michael Balfour
Paperback: 531 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 1.05 x 7.71 x 5.14 
Publisher: W.W. Norton & Company; (November 1972)
ISBN: 0393006611 

Kaiser Wilhelm II
by Christopher M. Clark
Book Description: Kaiser Wilhelm II provides a concise and analytical examination which covers the entire span of the Kaiser's life, including his years in exile. Wilhelm was one of the key figures in the history of twentieth century Europe as King of Prussia and German Emperor from 1888 to the collapse of Germany in 1918. Offers an analytical study of the nature and extent of Wilhelm's political power, examines his political goals and success in achieving them, as well as, his failings as a ruler, and explores the collapse of Prussia's monarchy.
Paperback: 271 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.62 x 8.25 x 5.12
Publisher: Pearson Addison Wesley; 1 edition (September 11, )
ISBN: 0582245591

Lola Montez: A Life
by Bruce Seymour

Ludwig II Of Bavaria: The Swan King
by Christopher McIntosh
Paperback: 240 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 1.00 x 9.50 x 6.50
Publisher: St. Martin's Press;
ISBN: 1860643140

Frederick the Great
by Theodor Schieder, Sabina Berkeley,H. M. Scott

Frederick William IV and the Prussian Monarchy 1840-1861
by David E. Barclay

The Victim's Fortune: Inside the Epic Battle over the Debts of the Holocaust
by John Authers, Richard Wolffe
(Hardcover -- June 4, )

The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich : A History of Nazi Germany
by William L. Shirer
Listed under Third Reich

Salvaged Pages: Young Writers' Diaries of the Holocaust
by Alexandra Zapruder
(Hardcover -- April 1, )

Survival in Auschwitz : The Nazi Assault on Humanity
by Primo Levi, Stuart Woolf (Translator)
Listed under Auschwitz

The Sunflower: On the Possibilities and Limits of Forgiveness (Newly Expanded Paperback Edition)
by Simon Wiesenthal, et al
(Paperback -- May 1, )

The Utility of Splendor: Ceremony, Social Life, and Architecture at the Court of Bavaria, 1600-1800
by Samuel John Klingensmith
Book Description The grand palaces and princely villas of the Bavarian Wittelsbach dynasty--Nymphenburg, Schleissheim, the vast Residenzschloss in Munich, and others--impress visitors with their great halls and intimate cabinets, dramatic stairhalls and seemingly endless rows of sumptuously decorated rooms. But these dazzling residences did not exist solely to delight the eye. In The Utility of Splendor, Samuel John Klingensmith discusses how, over the years, successive rulers reshaped the internal spaces of their residences to reflect changes in the elaborate ceremony that regulated daily life at court. 

Drawing on a broad range of sources, including building documents, correspondence, diaries, and court regulations, Klingensmith investigates the intricacies of Bavarian court practice and shows that Versailles was only one among several influences on German palace planning. Klingensmith offers a cogent, detailed understanding of the relations between architectural spaces and the ceremonial, social, and private life that both required and used them. Handsomely illustrated with photographs and plans, The Utility of Splendor will appeal to anyone interested in how life was lived among the nobility during the last centuries of the old regime. Samuel John Klingensmith (1949-1986) was assistant professor of art history at Tulane University.
Hardcover: 315 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 1.08 x 9.85 x 8.59
Publisher: University of Chicago Press; ; (October 1993)
ISBN: 0226443302

When I Was a German, 1934-1945: An Englishwoman in Nazi Germany
by Christabel Bielenberg, Klemens Von Klemperer
Paperback from Bison Bks Corp

Ludwig II of Bavaria: A King's Passion for Castles
by Rolf Toman
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