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Germany: Unraveling an Enigma
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It is also a nice quick well thought out book.
On to what I love about this wonderful gem of a book. I am an American, and have no idea when my ancestors came over from Germany, but I do know it was no earlier than the mid-1800's. Our German heritage has never really been discussed amongst my family. Not out of shame, but probably just out of disinterest- for everyone but me. I have always been proud to be a descendent of Germany, though until I read this book, I couldn't really articulate why exactly.
Reading this book, in some ways, felt like coming home. I was amazed at how much of the German ways are still in me and my family. It must be genetic, but it still astounded me.
I really learned a lot about both old Germany and modern Germany. I liked the decisiveness the author spoke of about the German people, and it was obvious that the author held the Germans in high regard.
He did not flinch from his talk about Nazism, nor did he dwell on it. It was a part of the book, but not a gigantic part. The Germans have done much to try and make up for what happened in WWII, some of which the author talks about. He makes no excuses, but also doesn't focus on placing blame. It was a refreshing and objective look at the whole subject.
Most of all, I was astounded at the difference between Americans and Germans in terms of the business world. As a long-time office worker, I was admittedly jealous of the organized ways and practicality the Germans seem to display in business, as well as the forthright manner in which they handle situations. I loved how the author stressed how thorough and deliberate the German people are (as a whole, of course, I don't mean to stereotype anyone).Read more ›
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A very interesting study of Germany that raises some interesting questions. I am not sure Germany will benefit by becoming more like America.Published 3 months ago by Jessie
Being of German heritage, I bought this book hoping to learn a little about why I do and think the way I do. There were several moments of "Ooohhh... yeah. That's me. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Whitney Reinhart
As a German, this book really overwhelmed me. I've read quite a few books on Anglo/US-German relations and cultural encounters, but usually they ogle and describe just the surface. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Hans Rainer Kühn
Very much enjoyed reading this book and wish I had purchased it before my first trip to Germany. Like so many others I thought Germans just didn't care for Americans and were... Read morePublished 13 months ago by doug from cleveland