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Berlin: Portrait of a City Through the Centuries - Rory MacLean
Berlin: Portrait of a City Through the Centuries
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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,... show more
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.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9781780224589 (1780224583)
Pages no: 432
Edition language: English
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2.0 Berlin: Portrait of a City Through the Centuries
Not what I thought it was going to be. This reads like a poor attempt at fiction, providing snapshots of various historical figures throughout time. Very little about the actual history of Berlin through time, and heavily focused on the 20th and 21st centuries.
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