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Life and Death in the Third Reich

Life and Death in the Third Reich© 2009 Peter Fritzsche384 pages A few years ago I read Peter Fritzsche’s An Iron Wind: Europe Under Hitler, which examined how the Nazi conquest of most of Europe permeated into its culture in … Continue reading

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Hunting the Eagles

Hunting the Eagles© 2016 Ben Kane402 pages Six years ago, Rome was humiliated and a tenth of her army destroyed when a faithless auxiliary lured three legions into a boggy ambush in the Teutoburg forest. Centurion Tullus, one of the … Continue reading

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Germans: terror and tedium

In the past week I’ve read or mostly-read, in the case of The Vampire Economy, two books with a German connection. The first, The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka, was by far the most interesting of the two. I read this … Continue reading

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Mephisto© 1936 Klaus Mann272 pages I was fortunate, in my time at the University, to have a class with my favorite professor every semester that I was there; he had an enormous command of late 19th century and early 20th … Continue reading

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Project Hail Mary | #agora

Ryland Grace just woke up strapped to a medical bed with two dead roommates. That’s not the least of his problem, though: he’s in space, and he doesn’t know why. Eventually, he’ll figure that out; his memory will return. But … Continue reading

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1913: A Year of Gossip

I reviewed this title on goodreads, I described it as “People magazine for prewar Germany & Austria, with Louis Armstrong and a stray Frenchman thrown in for good measure.” There’s no traditional narrative, more a long series of vignettes that … Continue reading

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COVID Reviews #6 Cleaning Up with gangsters, Navajo, politicians, and so many Germans

Back in September and early October when I was under quarantine, I didn’t have computer access, so I couldn’t take many notes or write reviews when things were fresh on my mind. I tried to post comments intermittently, but some … Continue reading

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In the Garden of Beasts

In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin © 2011 Erik Larson 432 pages In 1933, Franklin D. Roosevelt needed a man for a post no one wanted to fill: US Ambassador to Germany.  … Continue reading

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Reads to Reels: Er Ist Wieder Da

So there I was, innocently looking to see if Netflix carried  older WW2 films like 36 Hours,   when I spotted Hitler. “Look who’s back?” I said. “Oh dear.”  I’d previously watched The Death of Stalin (Jason Isaacs is a … Continue reading

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Er Ist Wieder Da

Er Ist Wieder Da  |  Look Who’s Back! © 2011 Timur Vermes 401 pages “Herr Hitler … I’m calling to ask whether you’d like to write a book?” “I already have,” I said. “Two, in fact.” Hitler’s back, and boy … Continue reading

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