- Paperback: 464 pages
- Publisher: Harper Perennial; Reprint edition (October 13, 1995)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0060926791
- ISBN-13: 978-0060926793
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 1 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #137,029 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"What a story...in a class with the best of Barbara Tuchman....He has written a splendid book."--Wolf Von Eckhardt, "Washington Post""It is Otto Friedrich's grasp of dramatic unity which makes this such a vividly exciting and suggestive book....we are able to see not only the tragic events but also the rich and varied life."--Stephen Spender, "Life"""Before the Deluge" recaptures in an eerie but only too authentic manner the tawdry, dangerous, and undeniably exciting story of the sickness which overcame Germany in the '20s....No place in the world was so creative and decadent, so despairing and exhilarating....What "Cabaret" did in musical form Friedrich has captured here."--Harrison Salisbury"A fascinating portrait of a city where art and riot flourished side by side and incredibility was the normal state of things."--"Atlantic Monthly"
About the Author
Otto Friedrich (1929-1995) was a journalist and cultural historian. A contributing editor at The Saturday Evening Post and Time magazine, he was the author of fourteen books, including Before the Deluge: A Portrait of Berlin in the 1920s.
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He also covers art, architecture and science and how each of these disciplines flourished and fared first of all under the government of Ebert, Rathenau, Von Pappen and then under the Nazi Government.
To fully understand (even on an amateur level) the complex political landscape that Germany was in the 1920's and early '30's this book should be read more than once.
But this book gave me a new perspective on the run-up to WWII -- Germany in the 1920s. It deals with the political scene, of course, but also the arts, philosophy, economics, and other influences that contributed to Hitler's rise and the decision to go to war.
I usually read books and then give them away. I'll keep this one.