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“On Germany” a new book by Giles MacDonogh-Hurst Publishers

Written by Ritenis Aksel

“On Germany” a new book by Giles MacDonogh-*Hurst Publishers

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After the Second World War, Germany was an international pariah. Today, it has become a beacon of the Western world. But what makes this extraordinary nation tick?

On Germany tells the story of a country reborn, from defeat in 1945 to the fall of the Berlin Wall, the painstaking reunification of ‘the two Germanies’, and the Republic’s return to the world stage as an economic colossus and European leader. Giles MacDonogh restores these momentous events of world history to their German context, from the food and drink that accompanied them to the deep-rooted provincialism behind the national story.

Full of vivid and often whimsical vignettes of German life, this is a Germanophile’s homage to the culture and people of a country he has known for decades.


Giles MacDonogh is an acclaimed historian and sometime food, wine and travel writer. This is his fifteenth book and his eighth on Germany. Previous works include biographies of Frederick the Great and the last Kaiser, histories of Berlin and Prussia, and a bestselling book on the immediate aftermath of the Second World War. He lives in London.


‘Funny, erudite and, despite all the competition, original . . . MacDonogh’s vivid tapestry does justice to the most despised and most envied people in Europe . . . as enjoyable as sitting in the lovely old square of a small town in Germany, quaffing a cold glass of hock to the sound of a distant Bach cantata.’ — The Times

‘Even those who know Germany well will profit from reading this book . . . by eschewing the more predictable ways of telling the German story [MacDonogh] succeeds brilliantly in provoking one to think about the questions that matter .’  — The Evening Standard

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Ritenis Aksel

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