Keeping Up with the Germans by Philip Oltermann
A History of Anglo-German Encounters

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Yet Keeping Up with the Germans is filled with very enjoyable things – from a German newspaper called Hermann and printed in London to considerations of such lovely German terms as Elfmeter, Jamaika-Koalition and Siegesscham...
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In 1996, in the middle of watching an ill-tempered football match between England and Germany, Philip Oltermann's parents tell him that they are going to leave their home city Hamburg behind and move to London.

Inspired by his own experience of both countries, Philip Oltermann looks at eight historical encounters between English and German people from the last two hundred years: Helmut Kohl tries to explain German cuisine to the Iron Lady, the Mini plays catch-up with the Volkswagen Beetle, and Joe Strummer has an unlikely brush with the Baader-Meinhof gang.

Keeping Up with the Germans is a witty look at the lighter-side of Anglo-German relations over the last 100 years.

 

About Philip Oltermann

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Philip Oltermann grew up in Schleswig-Holstein, and is now an editor at the Guardian.
 
Published January 31, 2012 by Faber & Faber. 296 pages
Genres: History, Travel, Education & Reference, Political & Social Sciences, Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Hans Kundnani on Feb 18 2012

Rather than converging, we may actually be growing further apart as Germany becomes more dominant and Britain more Eurosceptic.

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Reviewed by Simon Winder on Feb 09 2012

Yet Keeping Up with the Germans is filled with very enjoyable things – from a German newspaper called Hermann and printed in London to considerations of such lovely German terms as Elfmeter, Jamaika-Koalition and Siegesscham...

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