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Berlin Rising: Biography of a City

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In this richly enjoyable narrative, Anthony Read and David Fisher tell the fascinating story of Berlin--Europe's most powerful city--from the Middle Ages to the fall of the Berlin Wall and reunification. They focus not only on the political events, but also on the city's many compelling artists, writers, soldiers, industrialists, and performers.
Hardcover, 341 pages
Published May 1st 1994 by W. W. Norton & Company (first published January 20th 1994)
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Lysergius
Feb 22, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
This is a book that gets better with time. A second read yielded much more than the first time. While preparing for a visit to Berlin, the last was twenty years ago, I picked up Read and Fisher's History again and was by turns beguiled, enchanted and amused. It just goes to show that despite all the vicissitudes, it is true to say that Berlin bleibt doch Berlin! Still one of my favourite cities.
Fran
Jun 27, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: germany, history
I received this book before a tour of Berlin. It definitely served its purpose, covering several hundred years of Berlin history in approximately 300 pages. The book is easy to read. It is a good introduction - it covers a lot of time, but not in depth. The major flaw is it ends in the early 90's, describing plans for rebuilding East Berlin, but not what actually happened.
Mansoor
Aug 27, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book is good as travel guide to some of the landmarks in Berlin but as a social history it is severely lacking. The critique of Berliners as people who love and love to mock their autocrats wears increasingly thin as one continues to read.
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Anthony "Tony" Read (born 21 April 1935) was a British script editor, television writer and author. He was principally active in British television from the 1960s to the mid-1980s, although he occasionally contributed to televised productions until 1999. Starting in the 1980s, he launched a second career as a print author, concentrating largely on World War II histories. Since 2004 he regularly ...more