by Christopher Browning
Jews, Germans, and Allies: Close Encounters in Occupied Germany
by Atina Grossmann
A Brief Stop on the Road from Auschwitz
by Goran Rosenberg
Dissonant Lives: Generations and Violence Through the German Dictatorships
by Mary Fulbrook
Stasiland: Stories from Behind the Berlin Wall
by Anna Funder
In the 20th century, Germany suffered defeat in two world wars and withstood two kinds of dictatorship. Yet today it is Europe’s strongest economy. Hester Vaizey, fellow of Clare College, Cambridge, and author of Born in the GDR, selects five brilliant books on a tumultuous century.
Robert Chandler, one of the best known translators of Russian literature, recommends some of his favourite tales of Soviet Russia. There’s the one about a dog in space and the one about the Soviet café which stocked nothing but champagne and Mars bars…
Best-selling author Thomas Keneally explains that the Cold War biographies couldn’t afford to say that Stalin was attractive, or that Lenin was magnetic, but they were, because otherwise people wouldn’t have followed them. He picks some great introductions to Revolutionary Russia.