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Now also with CDs - German Music and Videos about Germany
Here you can find lots of books from Germany (German authors) or about Germany in English.
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Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counsellors, and the most patient of teachers.
Charles W. Eliot, The Happy Life, 1896, US educator (1834 - 1926)
Table of Contents:
- New - new published books or new books in this list
- Childrensbooks- childrensbooks from German authors
- Travel Guides - Germany and specific regions
- German Cities - Berlin, Hamburg, Munich
- Cooking - the best German food - recipes
- Genealogie - Germans in America
- German Behaviour, Attitudes, Customs- The German Way
- History - From Charlemagne to Adolf Hitler
- Art and Cultur - From Albrecht Dürer to Max Beckmann
- Learning German - German Courses and Dictionaries
- Videos - Travel Videos and Movies
- German Entrepreneurs - Siemens, Benz
- Zeppelins - Hindenburg, Graf Zeppelin
Please send me your corrections, additions, questions - thank you!
German LiteratureGerman Literature ranges from medieval to contemporary literature. There are various aspects of German literature which can be exposed like the fairy-tale and romantic narratives or the twentieth-century writers such as Kafka, Hesse, Mann, Brecht. Contemporary literature deals with issues in mass culture and modernity or problems of German national identity/ies. Besides there are a number of special topics as the Faust legend, aesthetics from Kant to Heidegger, Freud and his legacy, the German novel, and the Frankfurt School.
New(Paid link) Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (Vintage International) by Patrick Suskind, John E. Woods (Translator) - In 18th century France, Jean-Baptiste Grenouille, born with no scent of his own, but with with a supernatural ability to detect the scent of others is driven to murder in order to create the perfect perfume. This extraordinarily original premise encompasses the most elegant, aristocratic and erotic novel I have ever read. Flawlessly written and drenched in irony, Perfume tells a haunting tale of a man reminiscent of the Phantom of the Opera, the Hunchback of Notre Dame, Beauty and the Beast (beast), and even Faust. Amd finally! A writer with enough talent to let us experience Grenouille's thoughts and emotions. Although, of course, identification with him is impossible, (Grenouille is the most chilling character in literature) I did manage to understand Grenouille's all-consuming passion, much to Suskind's credit. Suskind's prose is lush and evokative (the decadance of 18th century France simply comes alive) without spilling over into the purple prose of books like Violin or The English Patient. Perfume is a bizarre tale, but it is also lyrical and hypnotic - almost a fairy tale of terror. If you're looking for something different, something special, I highly recommend Perfume. The only other book I've found to equal it in originality is Jose Saramago's Blindness. Perfume, however, remains my alltime favorite. (amazon.com)
- (Paid link) Address Book for Germanic Genealogy by Ernest Thode
- (Paid link) The Hessians of Nova Scotiaby Johannes Helmut Merz - if you want to know more about Mr. Merz, visit his homepage: http://www.cgo.wave.ca/~hessian
- (Paid link) The Hessians of Upper Canada by Johannes Helmut Merz - see above
- (Paid link) Rhineland Emigrants Lists of German Settlers in Colonial America by D. Yoder
- (Paid link) Emigrants from Fellbach, 1735-1930 (Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany) by Clifford N. Smith
- (Paid link) The German American Family Album (American Family Albums) by Dorothy Hoobler, Thomas Hoobler, Hoobler Hoobler
- (Paid link) Germans in America (In America) by Thomas Schouweiler
- (Paid link) The German Americans (Immigrant Experience) by Anne Galicich, Sandra Stotsky
German Behavior, Attitudes, and CustomsIt is very difficult if not impossible to write as a German about German behavior. But here are some links where you will hopefully get a good insight in the specifics of German behavior. I learned a lot last but not least also about myself.
- (Paid link) The German Way - Aspects of Behavior, Attitudes, and Customs in the German-Speaking World
- (Paid link) Charlemagne (World Leaders, Past and Present) by Susan Banfield (Editor), Arthur M. Schlesinger - the first German Emperor
- (Paid link) Bismarck and His Times by George O. Kent - a book about the great German Statesmen
- (Paid link) Address Unknown by Kressmann Taylor - Original published in 1938, Address Unknown created an immediate sensation. Written as a series of letters between an American and his former business partner who returned to Germany, the story was one of the first to expose the poison of Nazism. As anti-Semitism is resurging in Europe, Address Unknown is a sobering reminder that history can repeat itself.
- (Paid link) Adolf Hitler by John Toland - Based on previously unpublished documents, diaries, notes, photographs, and dramatic interviews with Hitler's colleagues and associates, this is the definitive biography of one of the most despised yet fascinating figures of the 20th century. Toland won the Pulitzer Prize in 1971 for The Rising Sun: The Decline and Fall of the Japanese Empire, 1936-1945. 150 photographs; 3 maps.
- (Paid link) Adolf Hitler by Eileen Heyes - The terrifying and turbulent world of Hitler's Germany comes to life in a biography that analyzes the life and ideas of Adolf Hitler in terms of the political and economic instability of the post-World War I era.
- (Paid link) The Architect of Genocide : Heinrich Himmler and the Final Solution(Tauber Institute for the Study of European Jewry Series, 14)by Richard Breitman
- (Paid link) Albert Speer: His Battle With Truth by Gitta Sereny Hitler's Architect
- (Paid link) The 12-Year Reich: A Social History of Nazi Germany 1933-1945 by Richard Grunberger
- (Paid link) Anne Frank : Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank - this is a wonderful book of a young jewish girl in the Third Reich
- (Paid link) 1933 by Philip Metcalfe
- (Paid link) After the Holocaust : The Long Road to Freedom by Erna F. Rubinstein
- (Paid link) Berlin Wall : How It Rose and Why It Fell by Doris M. Epler - One of the few titles available for young adults on this timely subject covers the factors that led to the division of Germany and Berlin, the eventual opening of the Wall, and the recent reunification of Germany.
- (Paid link) Berlin Diary : The Journal of a Foreign Correspondent 1934-1941 by William Lawrence Shirer - This is Shirer's first-hand account as he watched with increased fascination and horror as Europe plunged madly down the road to Armageddon in the last half of the 1930s. Shirer spent many years in close proximity to Hitler, witnessing first hand the brutality with which Hitler tried to conquer Europe, hoping against hope that Hitler would somehow lose.
- (Paid link) Register of German Military Men: American RevolutionJohannes Helmut Merz - if you want to know more about Mr. Merz, visit his homepage: http://www.cgo.wave.ca/~hessian
Art and Culture
- (Paid link) Adolph Menzel 1815-1905 : Between Romanticism and Impressionism by Adolph Menzel, Marie-Ursula Riemann-Reyher (Editor), Claude Keisch
- (Paid link) Albrecht Durer : A Biography by Jane Campbell Hutchison
- (Paid link) Caspar David Friedrich : And Romantic Painting by Charles Sala
- (Paid link) Paula Modersohn-Becker by Jane Kallir
- (Paid link) Egon Schiele Postcard Bookby Egon Schiele
- (Paid link) Nudes : Egon Schiele by Egon Schiele, Alessandra Comini, Gagosian Gallery
- (Paid link) Hans Holbein by Oskar Batschmann, Pascal Griener (Translator), Cecilia Hurley (Translator)
- (Paid link) Anselm Kieferby Mark Rosenthal
- (Paid link) The Berlin of George Grosz : Drawings, Watercolours and Prints 1912-1930 by George Grosz, Antony Wood (Editor), Frank Whitford (Editor)
- (Paid link) Arno Breker : His Art and Lifeby B. John Zavrel - Breker was a sculptor who was loved by the Nazis.
- (Paid link) Max Beckmann in Exile by Max Beckmann (Artist), Barbara Stehle-Akhtar, Reinhard Spieler (Contributor), Stephan Lackner (Contributor)
- (Paid link) Max Beckmann (Masters of Art Series) by Stephen Lackner, Stephan Lackner
- (Paid link) German Expressionism : Primitivism and Modernityby Jill Lloyd
- (Paid link) German Expressionism : Art and Society by Stephanie Barron (Editor), Wolf-Dieter Dube (Editor)
- (Paid link) German Expressionism : Documents from the End of the Wilhelmine Empire to the Rise of National Socialism (Documents of Twentieth Century Art) by Rose-Carol Washton Long (Editor), Ida Katherine Rigby (Editor), st Barron
- (Paid link) German Expressionist Woodcuts (Collections of Fine Art in Dover Books) by Shane Weller (Editor)
- (Paid link) Inner Visions : German Prints from the Age of Expressionism by Mary Priester, Lois Allan, Elizabeth Sarah Davis, Virginia Hanson, Ida Katherine Rigby
- (Paid link) German and Austrian Expressionism in the United States, 1900-1939 : Chronology and Bibliography (Art Reference Collection No 8) by Edward R. Hagemann (Compiler)
- (Paid link) German Expressionism : Die Brucke and Der Blaue Reiter by Barry Herbert
- (Paid link) German Expressionism in the Fine Arts : A Bibliography by John M. Spalek
- (Paid link) Expressionism : A Revolution in German Art (Big Series : Art) by Dietmar Elger
- (Paid link) August Macke - the painter of the famous hat shops. Very colourful and bright pictures. Macke was a friend of Franz Marc and both died in the 1. WW.
- (Paid link) Franz Marcby Mark Lawrence Rosenthal - Macke and Marc were both members of the group: The Blue Rider
- (Paid link) German and American Art from Beuys and Warhol : The Froehlich Foundation by Monique Beudert (Editor), Stefan Germer, Thomas McEvilley (Contributor)
- (Paid link) German Art from Beckmann to Richter : Images of a Divided Countryby Eckhart Gillen (Editor), Museumspadagogischer Dienst Berlin(Germany)
- (Paid link) Architectural Guide Germany, 20th Centuryby Winfried Nerdinger
- (Paid link) German Complete Course (Living Language Complete Courses. Compact Disc Edition)The best-selling language course that really works--revised, updated, and expanded!
- (Paid link) The Bantam New College German & English Dictionary (Bantam New College Dictionary Series)
- (Paid link) 501 German Verbs : Fully Conjugated in All the Tenses in a New Easy-To-Learn Format, Alphabetically Arranged
- (Paid link) Scheisse! : The Real German You Were Never Taught in School
- (Paid link) Annette Von Droste-Hulshoff : A German Poet Between Romanticism and Realism (Berg Women's Series) by John Guthrie
- (Paid link) Selected Poems (Goethe's Collected Works, Vol 1) by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Christopher Middleton (Editor)
- (Paid link) Faust I & II (Goethe's Collected Works, Vol 2) by Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe, Stuart Atkins (Editor)
- (Paid link) Don Carlos and Mary Stuart : And, Mary Stuart (World's Classics) by Friedrich Schiller, Hilary Collier Sy-Quia (Translator), Hilary co Sy-Quia, J. C. F. Von Schiller
- Brecht, Bertholt:
- (Paid link) The Caucasian Chalk Circle, John Willett, Ralph Manheim
- (Paid link) Brecht Collected Plays : Baal, Drums in the Night, in the Jungle of Cities, a Respectable Wedding and Other One Act Plays
- Mann, Thomas: - Thomas Mann (1875 Lübeck - 1955 Zürich) was Nobel Prize Winner for Literature in 1929
- (Paid link) The Magic Mountain by Thomas Mann, John E. Woods (Translator)
- (Paid link) Buddenbrooks : The Decline of a Family (Vintage International) by Thomas Mann, John E. Woods (Translator)
- (Paid link) Death in Venice, and Seven Other Stories (Vintage International) by Thomas Mann, H.T. Lowe-Porter (Translator)
- Ende, Michael:
- (Paid link) Momo - a wonderful book not only for children
- (Paid link) The Neverending Story - again a wonderful book and much better than the movie
- Grass Guenter: (Paid link) Cat and Mouse and Other Writings (German Library, Vol 93), A. Leslie Willson (Editor)
- Hesse, Hermann:
- (Paid link) Demian : The Story of Emil Sinclair's Youth
- (Paid link) The Glass Bead Game
- (Paid link) Steppenwolf
- (Paid link) Narcissus and Goldmund
- (Paid link) Siddhartha
- Kempowski, Walter: (Paid link) Dog Days (Studies in German Literature, Linguistics and Culture, Vol 53),Norma S. Davis, Garold N. Davis, Alan F. Keele
- May, Karl Friedrich:(Paid link)
Winnetou : A Novel (The Collected Works of Karl May ; Ser. 2, V. 1-2)
- this German author wrote novels about the Old West although he had never
been there. His books about the German Old Shatterhand and his native American
friend Winnetou are very famous and widely known in Germany.
Besides, he wrote lots of novels about other areas of the world which he had never visited but his descriptions are great. This is favourite kids literature in Germany.
- Nadolny, Sten: (Paid link) The God of Impertinence : A Novel by Sten Nadolny, Breon Mitchell (Translator) - Nadolny's first novel, The Discovery of Slowness, was an award-winning underground classic in 14 languages. Now, in a fast and witty narrative that will be a hit among lively spirits wherever they are found, Nadolny fuses love, adventure, and intrigue into a fresh view of contemporary life--seen through the eyes of the ancient Greek gods.
- Schami, Rafik: (Paid link) Damascus Nights, Philip Boehm (Translator) - A variety of tales, each with a different narrator, combines the magic of traditional storytelling with the sophistication of contemporary fiction in stories of princesses, demons, Middle Eastern politics, and bargaining in a New York department store. Reprint. 15,000 first printing.
- Schneider, Robert: (Paid link) Brother of Sleep, Shaun Whiteside - Elias Johannes Alder, a musical genius who practices his talents during secret midnight sessions at a church organ in the nineteenth-century Alpines, curses a God who prevents Elias's gift from being recognized by those who surround him.
- Schlink, Bernhard: (Paid link) The Reader : A Novel, Carol Brown Janeway - Set in modern Germany, this provocative story recounts a young boy's erotic awakening in apassionate clandestine affair with an older woman, and tells what happens to them both when the secrets in her past are revealed. - a great modern German author
- (Paid link) Aimee & Jaguar, by Erica Fischer, Edna McCown (Translator) - This tragic and remarkable real-lif Love Story acclaimed in Germany and England won a Lambda Literary Award when it was first published in America in 1995. Lilly Wust ("Aimée") was a conventional middle-class mother of four, estranged from her philandering husband, when she met Felice Schragenheim ("Jaguar") in 1941. Their passionate affair unfolded against the backdrop of the deportation of Jews from Berlin, but several months passed before Felice could even bring herself to tell Lilly that she was Jewish and living illegally on the streets. "I knew, of course, what it meant," Lilly recalled in old age. "Not for a moment did I think that I too could be in danger. On the contrary, all I wanted to do now was to save her." Lilly's heroic efforts to conceal and protect Felice through the next two years make for painful and inspiring reading. Felice was arrested in August 1944 and sent her last letter to Lilly four months later. In 1981 Lilly was awarded the German Federal Service Cross, though no one could read this as a happy ending. --Regina Marler (amazon.com)
- (Paid link) Sap: Inside the Secret Software Power by Gerd Meissner, Jurgen Ulrich Lorenz (Translator)
- (Paid link) Werner Von Siemensby Wilfried Feldenkirchen - Inventor and International Entrepreneur (Historical Perspectives on Business Enterprise Series)
- (Paid link) Berta Benz and the Motorwagen : The Story of the First Automobile Journey by Mindy Bingham, W. Robert Nitske (Editor), Itoko Maeno (Illustrator)
Zeppelins - Airships
- (Paid link) Golden Age of the Great Passenger Airships; Graf Zeppelin and Hindenburg by Harold G. Dick, Douglas H. Robinson (Contributor) Major contribution to aeronautical history.
- (Paid link) My Zeppelins by Hugo, Eckener
- (Paid link) The Great Dirigibles : Their Triumphs and Disasters by John Toland
- (Paid link) The Zeppelin Reader : Stories, Poems, and Songs from the Age of Airships by Robert Hedin (Editor)
- (Paid link) Fire in the Sky by Candice F. Ransom, Shelly O. Haas (Illustrator)
- (Paid link) Hindenburg (World Disaster Series) by Tom Stacy
- (Paid link) The Disaster of the Hindenburg : The Last Flight of the Greatest Airship Ever Built by Shelley Tanaka
Videos - German Movies and Films about Germany
- (Paid link) Run Lola Run - a young German movie with lots of speed, excitement and so on!
- (Paid link) Das Boot - The Director's Cut (1982) by Wolfgang Petersen
- (Paid link) The Neverending Story (1984) by Wolfgang Petersen
- (Paid link) Germany Munich & Bavaria Berlin Starring: Travel the World, Rick Steves, et al.
- (Paid link) (Paid link) Germany the Rhine & Mosel-Romantic Road
- (Paid link) Travel Germany:Bavarian Forest (1994)
- (Paid link) Travel Germany:Heidelberg (1994)
- (Paid link) Germany:Hamburg/Berlin
- (Paid link) Germany (1996)
- (Paid link) Rick Steves Best of Travels in Europe - Germany, Austria & Switzerland (2001)
- (Paid link) Germany: the Rhine and Mosel, the Romantic Road (1998)
Review: This video guide to Germany provides a nice overview of the Rhine and Mosel regions of the country. Though the host, Rick Steves, is given to clumsy descriptions (he calls Rothenburg the "king of medieval cuteness") and at one point forces us to watch his young son eat a pickle, he is very knowledgeable about the area and its history. He takes us through towns that were once ravaged by World War II, colorful marketplaces, and villages along the sleepy Mosel River, which he prefers to the more trafficked Rhine. The focus, as in other videos from the Travel the World series, is on local people and customs. He stops by a village called Zell, for example, where the people tell long stories and drink lots of homegrown wine. In another location we see the end of a wedding where bride and groom saw a log to seal the deal. He also hits tourist hot spots like the ravaged Reinsfels Castle and the incredibly ornate Prince Bishop's Palace. The video includes all sorts of practical information, too, such as how to use tourist offices, how to ride the trains, and how to survive on a tour bus (amazon.com).
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