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Germany: The Empire Within

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In a book that is rich in personalities and incident, Amity Shales explores distinct segments of German society that reflect the memories, traditions, and dreams that will burden and shape the new German nation. Maps.
Hardcover, 264 pages
Published February 19th 1991 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (first published January 17th 1991)
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Richard1955
Feb 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
A highly interesting and swiftly readable book - Amity Shlaes's first - the best of sprightly but well-researched journalistic styles - episodic with segregable chapters examining different groups of those who were - or might be thought of as - German as the identify of Germany was re-opened by the merger (I almost said acquisition) of the German Democratic Republic (East Germany ) by Bundesrepublik Germany (West Germany).

The years at the close of the 1980s and beginning of the 1990s - threw op
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Jim
Dec 08, 2008 rated it it was ok
This came out shortly after German reunification. The author seeks to divine the new Germany's sense of itself and its place in the world. As illustration, she focuses on several people, including an army officer, a member of the nobility, a theatre director, a social worker who helps refugees, among others.

Overall, the book is interesting; however, her analysis doesn't go into much depth. Also, parts of the book feel a bit dated, which is understandable given the press of subsequent development
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Susanne
Jan 21, 2011 rated it liked it
While this book is obviously dated at this point (20 years later), it provides interesting insight into different pockets of German society at a pivotal point in our history. It is quite interesting to get the point of view of an American, experiencing this historical shift as well as the Germans she chose to interview and the aspects of German history she chose to highlight.
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Amity Shlaes graduated from Yale University magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in English in 1982.

Shlaes writes a column for Forbes, and served as a nationally syndicated columnist for over a decade, first at the Financial Times, then at Bloomberg. Earlier, she worked at the Wall Street Journal, where she was a member of the editorial board. She is the author of "Coolidge," "The Forgotten Ma
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