am 13. Juli 2007
Greg Nees provides you with an analytical, elaborate, thoughtful and coherent insight into the German psyche, way of thinking, etiquette and doing business.
What distinguishes this book from others is that it doesn't merely give descriptions, but also explanations. Nees achieves this by both looking back in the long and changeful history of Germany and by looking into a multitude of recent developments in education, economy and politics. It's apparent that Nees has actually lived and worked in Germany.
This book is no-nonsense, but easy to digest, even entertaining in places, rather than academic. It's not a textbook on history, psychology, economics or linguistics, but Nees seems to be familiar enough with each of these disciplines to make his book serve its title well.
If you want to successfully communicate, live or do business with Germans or if you just seek to gain a better understanding of a nation prone to be (sometimes wrongly) stereotyped, this book should prove very useful to you.
Maybe the best compliment that I can pay this book is that I, as a German, find my compatriots quite well portrayed.