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5.0 von 5 Sternen Biography of a city and a prism on German history
This book, despite its length, was a compelling read, almost a page-turner. Seldom does it lag. The author writes well, and researched the book thoroughly. She has an eye for the ironies of German history--one of the greatest being the Slavic origins of the German capital, one of the many facts of the German past which Hitler suppressed. As a scion of the von Moltke...
Veröffentlicht am 19. Juli 1998 von Richard E. Hegner

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2.0 von 5 Sternen Extremely biased and vague at crucial points
This book may be entertaining, but there are many places where Ritchie simply ignores information that would conflict with the right-ist argument she wishes to make about the outcome of the cold war. She somehow knows better than all of the politicians who participated in the actual events (e.g., terming Roosevelt's decisions during the yalta conference...
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Biography of a city and a prism on German history, 19. Juli 1998
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This book, despite its length, was a compelling read, almost a page-turner. Seldom does it lag. The author writes well, and researched the book thoroughly. She has an eye for the ironies of German history--one of the greatest being the Slavic origins of the German capital, one of the many facts of the German past which Hitler suppressed. As a scion of the von Moltke family, she has some special insights to offer, and occasionally throws in a reflection on an ancestor or a bit of her own experience as a former Berlin resident. (It would have been nice to know a bit more of her own history, since she often chimes in with pieces of it.) As a good history should, this one reflects on the future, too--and the transcedent question of the meaning of Berlin as the once and future deutsche Hauptstadt. As a German-American, I have read many books of German history, but this is clearly one of the best. It is full of new insights, and very cleverly uses Berlin itself as a ! prism through which to view German history. It dispels the myth of the "typical Berliner"--given Berlin's relatively short history, most Berliners, even the famous ones, have reasonably short heritages in the city, and many came to Berlin from other parts of Germany or Europe--while presenting a fairly empathetic picture of the terrible times which Berliners have faced--including the post-WWI starvation and hyperflation, the Hitler tyranny, the ruthless Russian conquest, the oppression of the Russian occupation and the hope of the Berlin Airlift, the tragic division caused by the erection of die Schandemauer, and the heroic attempts at escape, culminating in the joy of November 9, 1989, when the wall came down. I can wholeheartedly recommend this work to anyone interested in modern Germany or modern European history.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Engrossing read for those interested in Germany generally., 15. September 1998
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This is an engrossing read, history on a sweeping scale. The book is not so much a history of the city of Berlin as a history of Germany from a Berlin perspective. While I was a bit disappointed that there was not a more detailed description of the development of parts of the city, buildings, social life, etc., this aspect should not deter readers from diving into the book. The author's theme that Berlin has been the engine that has driven Germany for the past several centuries is, I believe, well substantiated. The story of a backwater town in the small state of Prussia emerging suddenly in the Nineteenth Century as the center of the German universe is extremely well documented. From the perspective of the serious German history student this book is a good summary and the footnotes lead to worthy sources. From the reader's perspective it is a book that you have trouble putting down. I even found myself looking forward to returning home from work each night to begin reading the next chapter, each one better than the one before.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen An historical epic with lessons for all of us., 23. November 1998
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I read Ms. Ritchie's book prior to a trip to Berlin this past fall and found it a fabulous preparation for the visit. The most important aspects of the book to me were the insights into the character of Berliners and other players in the dramatic history of this city.
The key lessons I took away from the book were:
- People have consistently underestimated the potential capacity for evil of those in power.
- People have also underestimated the boldness and deceit with which dictators can act (both Stalin and Hitler, as well as others).
- Sometimes the only way to deal with bullies is with strength and threats, rather than diplomacy--which can take too long--and appeasement, which plays into their hands.
- While it seems from the book that Berliners fell prey to this often in history, the lesson to us is to not be naive about the possible consequences of the political actions and wars one's government gets involved in.
- Government is most loyal to its citizens when those citizens are more broadly represented in its ranks.
- It was amazing to read how easy it was for the various Prussian governments and the Nazis to shape public opinion at their will. While I hope our age of information makes that less likely it's still chilling to read.
There's a bunch more, but it really reads as a wake-up call to act quickly to call out evil words and behavior and to avoid unquestioning obedience to authority.
Although a very long book, it's fascinating as well.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A magnificent book to read and enjoy., 23. Juli 1999
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I am so impressed! When I first saw this book I wondered if I should bother with a 1000+ page book on the history of Berlin. 1000 pages later, I realized that about the only thing I did not like about this book was the fact that it was so bulky. Nonetheless, I wish it were twice as long as I enjoyed reading every single page. I had never read a history book that was so all encompassing. This book dealt with everything from the psyche, culture, history and military, to the arts, music, work ethics, literature, and social movements of the people of Berlin. The reader will learn so much about Germany, Prussia, Poland, Russia, the cold war, German literature, film, music, economy, and, ... yet never leave Berlin. I wish Ms. Richie would win a Pulitzer Prize for her great effort and contribution to history. I just loved this book and it is by far one of the best books I have ever read. This is for the history buff and all others interested in a great read.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Everything you ever wanted to know about Berlin in one book, 31. Januar 2000
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The best book of its kind. Sometimes you long for more details but then you realize for that to happen, you would probably need about 500 more pages which would be overkill. Sometimes I wished she had used more commas in her sentences but when you have almost 900 pages in text, it gets difficult to edit all of that. Even with that, it's still worth reading. I'm going to Berlin for vacation and I'll really know what I'm looking at and the history behind it.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen tour de force, 4. Juni 2000
It's not often that a historical book dealing with the historical sweep of a major city retains the reader's interest from first to last page and at the same time makes riveting reading - well all credit to Alexandra Richie who manages both with considerable aplomb. Never the easiest of subjects she makes the city bristle and come alive on every page and in the end you feel as though you know everything that has happened to this fascinating city.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A Monumental Achievement! History as a page turner!, 29. Januar 1999
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Don't be daunted by the length of this book. Ms Richie offers us a compelling and often, absolutely riveting look at the the history of Berlin, and really, the history of the German people. Her writing is wonderful, intent on illluminating the spirit of the city. Not since I read Barbara Tuchman's "The Guns of August" have I so enjoyed a history.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen brilliant, a tour de force, 4. Januar 2000
This work lays to rest previous so called histories of the city...Richie has shown that it is still possible to write a comprehensive history that attempts to connect between different aspects of life and culture...a recommended book for anyone interested not just in Berlin, but in the development of the modern metropolis.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Readable, useful, challenging history., 17. März 2000
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When the book arrived in the mail I despaired at the size. When I started reading, I forgot the size.
Ms. Richie has done what very few serious authors try to do: produce something of serious intellectual intent while making it readable and absorbing. Her style is "reader friendly" I find.
She has looked at the social, economic and artistic history of Berlin from its first days as a village in a way that not only adds to our knowledge of the city, but also enlightens about the area in general. Her comments about German mentality and sense of self are often brutal and incisive. She gets away with this by being fair and involved. Her admiration for the land of her ancestors is obvious but not blind.
I could pick few arguments with her in areas where I had some knowledge, although I thought she was a little harsh on Eisenhower.
But, overall, I have no complaints. This book is a real addition to the literature about the area and will eventually find its way into college and other serious curricula about the history of Central Europe.
Congratulations to the author!
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Extremely biased and vague at crucial points, 18. Juni 2000
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This book may be entertaining, but there are many places where Ritchie simply ignores information that would conflict with the right-ist argument she wishes to make about the outcome of the cold war. She somehow knows better than all of the politicians who participated in the actual events (e.g., terming Roosevelt's decisions during the yalta conference "criminally ignorant"). Her presentation of the East German situation is so far right that even I (a moderate) would say that it borders on tendentious. And she makes a number of egregious errors in German. Not worth the money, even at the discounted price it's being offered at now.
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