Before the Deluge: Portrait of Berlin in the 1920s, A

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Harper Collins, Oct 13, 1995 - History - 464 pages
A fascinating portrait of the turbulent political, social, and cultural life of the city of Berlin in the 1920s.

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An interesting collection of anecdotes about Berlin during the Weimar Republic. The author devotes each chapter to a year, but really the book is arranged thematically, as he ties each year to some ... Read full review

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This book chronicles the events of the 1920's that led to the rise of the Nazi state in Germany. It is the best source I have read not only about the social disruptions of that era, but also about the ... Read full review


The Birds of Berlin Prologue
The Kaiser Has Abdicated 1918
Some Shots Were Fired Nobody Knew Why 1919
How Long Will I Live? 1920
A Welter of Tears and Vodka 1921 j
A Certain Champagne Sparkle 1922
A Kind of Madness 1923
We Feel Young Free and Pure 1924
God Does Not Play at Dice 1927
The Show Can Begin 1928
Things Would Never Be So Good Again 1929
Heads Will Roll 1930
I Couldnt Control Myself 1931
What Germany Needs Is a Strong Man 1932
The Great Miracle 1933
A Note on Sources

The Supremacy of German Music 1925
The Attack Begins on July 4 1926

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Otto Friedrich, born in 1929 in Boston, majored in history at Harvard, where he received a degree magna cum laude in 1948. He went to Europe and worked for the Stars & Stripes in Germany and United Press in Paris and London. Returning to New York, he served as an editor at the Daily News, Newsweek, and the Saturday Evening Post. He was managing editor at the Post from 1965 until the magazine's suspension in 1969. Friedrich's account of the Post's last years, Decline and Fall, appeared in 1970 and was hailed as `a classic of American journalism.' It won the George Polk Award as that year's best book on the press. Among his other books are Before the Deluge: A Portrait of Berlin in the 1920s (1972); Going Crazy: A Personal Inquiry (1976); The End of the World: A History (1982); City of Nets: A Portrait of Hollywood in the 1940s (1986); Glenn Gould. A Life and Variations (1990); Olympia. Paris in the Age of Manet (1992); and The Kingdom of Auschwitz (1994). Friedrich also wrote two novels and, in collaboration with his wife, nine children's books.

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