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

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

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Contents

The Birds of Berlin Prologue
3
The Kaiser Has Abdicated 1918
14
Some Shots Were Fired Nobody Knew Why 1919
36
How Long Will I Live? 1920
58
A Welter of Tears and Vodka 1921 j
79
A Certain Champagne Sparkle 1922
98
A Kind of Madness 1923
120
We Feel Young Free and Pure 1924
145
God Does Not Play at Dice 1927
212
The Show Can Begin 1928
241
Things Would Never Be So Good Again 1929
273
Heads Will Roll 1930
300
I Couldnt Control Myself 1931
330
What Germany Needs Is a Strong Man 1932
351
The Great Miracle 1933
378
A Note on Sources
393

The Supremacy of German Music 1925
167
The Attack Begins on July 4 1926
189
Index
405
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About the author (1995)

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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