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Germania: In Wayward Pursuit of the Germans & Their History (2011)

“Germania: In Wayward Pursuit of the Germans and Their History” by Simon Winder

Germania is propelled by a wish to reclaim the brilliant, chaotic, endlessly varied German civilization that the Nazis buried and ruined, and that, since 1945, so many Germans have worked to rebuild.

A very funny book on serious topics—how we are misled by history, how we twist history, and how sometimes it is best to know no history at all.

It is a book full of curiosities: odd food, castles, mad princes, fairy tales, and horse-mating videos. It is about the limits of language, the meaning of culture, and the pleasure of townscape, and “a book you will return to time and again”

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