As a frequent traveler to the Black Forest, I found this book filled with stereotypes and cliches of the German people and culture. Swabia is a distinctly separate region of Germany--while it does in fact border the eastern side of the Black Forest, it is not the Black Forest. This book, in fact, reinforces the "ugly American" stereotype Europeans use when describing us. There are numerous errors in the book. For example, Alemania, alemmanic, and derivative words do not originate from the French word for Germany...it originates from the name of the ancient tribes who populated the area centuries before there was a German or French language
Too bad. Books about the southwestern corner of Germany are few and far in between. This is a celebrated crossroads of European and human history that is too often ignored.