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The first single-volume biography of Berlin, one of the world's great cities - told via twenty-one portraits, from medieval times to the twenty-first century. A city devastated by Allied bombs, divided by a Wall, then reunited and reborn, Berlin today resonates with the echo of lives lived, dreams realised and evils executed. No other city has repeatedly been so powerful and fallen so low. And few other cities have been so shaped and defined by individual imaginations. Through vivid portraits spanning five centuries, Rory MacLean reveals the varied and rich history of Berlin, from its brightest to its darkest moments. We encounter an ambitious prostitute refashioning herself as a princess, a Scottish mercenary fighting for the Prussian Army, Marlene Dietrich flaunting her sexuality and Hitler fantasising about the mega-city Germania. The result is a uniquely imaginative biography of one of the world's most volatile yet creative cities.

History & PoliticsRegional & national historyEuropean history Publisher: Orion Publishing Co Publication Date: 09/04/2015 ISBN-13: 9781780224589  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Rory MacLean has known three Berlins: West Berlin, where he made movies with David Bowie and Marlene Dietrich, East Berlin, where he researched his first book, STALIN'S NOSE, and now the unified capital. He has twice been shortlisted for the THOMAS COOK TRAVEL BOOK PRIZE and he has been nominated for the INTERNATIONAL IMPAC DUBLIN LITERARY AWARD. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and recipient of a Winston Churchill Travelling Fellowship. He has also written and presented many radio programmes for the BBC. Born in Vancouver and resident for many years in the UK, he divides his time between Berlin, London and Dorset. www.rorymaclean.com

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A superb overview of a great European and world city. The story of Berlin is told through Berliners, from Frederick the Great to Bowie, via Brecht and Isherwood. Players, wall builders, lost beauty and 'Heroes' all feature in the triumph, tragedy and resurrection of Germany's magnificent capital. Highly recommended.

- 01/01/2015
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