Berlin Rising by Anthony Read
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.
 

About Anthony Read

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ANTHONY READ lives in England and has written a number of books on World War II. Fisher has enjoyed a successful career in television before and since beginning a literary partnership with Anthony Read.
 
Published May 1, 1994 by W W Norton & Co Inc. 341 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Travel. Non-fiction

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When the Nazi regime finally collapsed, its end was just as Wagnerian as its rhetoric had been, and it is here that Read and Fisher manage best to convey the tenor and shape of the war's intrusion into urban life: the endless procession of refugees;

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When Prussia becomes a major power and Berlin its center, however, the authors' ``biography'' gives way to more general political history easily found elsewhere, though later chapters restore local perspective on industrial growth, labor reforms, popular rebellion, and organized crime.

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Berlin's infamous militaristic streak evolved from its role as capital of Prussia (a small, threatened country with a large army) and later the German Empire.

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