colors of berlin

inspired by max mey – here are a few books on my shelves. Can you say ‘obsessive compulsive’ ?

4 Comments so far

  1. kreuzberger (unregistered) on February 24th, 2007 @ 2:02 pm

    Hey great collection, I’ve just read the Anthony Beevor book and found it stunning. Are there any others from your collection that you would particularly recommend?

  2. till (unregistered) on February 24th, 2007 @ 4:03 pm

    That’s a lotta Berlin in your collection. Pretty cool, can’t say I have read one of those. My bookshelf is work-dominated and rather boring.

  3. Julia (unregistered) on February 24th, 2007 @ 10:11 pm

    Wow, i thought only Ikea is arranging books in terms of colour :)

  4. William Thirteen (unregistered) on February 25th, 2007 @ 12:12 pm

    these four selections comprise the majority of my current Berlin collection. I have a few more that won’t quite fit in their correct colour section! and a lot of other books, including yes, a few on work related subjects (i hide those far out of sight!)

    yes the Beevor is excellent, i am looking forward to reading his work on Stalingrad. recommendations would depend on which historical period actually strikes your interest. Walter Benjamin’s ‘Berlin Childhood around 1900’ is a beautiful evocation of the end of empire and i would say that Harry Kessler’s ‘Berlin in Lights’ and Joseph Roth’s ‘What I Saw’ are required reading for the Weimar era. Howard K. Smith’s ‘Last Train from Berlin’ and Shirer’s ‘Berlin Diary’ are both good on the rise of the Nazi state while Brian Ladd’s books ‘Ghosts of Berlin’ and ‘The Companion Guide to Berlin’ are both admirably written historical excursions.

    amusingly, i was at Ikea on Friday and found myself more interested in the books used for the displays than the actual furniture! perhaps i should seek professional help!

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