The Cathedral Builders of the Middle Ages
This pocket-size encyclopedia of the art, architecture and culture of the Middle Ages features hundreds of drawings, color illustrations and a brief chronology.
Patrick Leigh Fermor
A Time of Gifts
Fermor effortlessly interweaves anecdote, history and culture in this exuberant account of a walk from Holland, up the Rhine and down the Danube, through Germany, Prague and Austria in 1933. Written not in the moment, but 40 years later, the accumulation of time and experience gives the book particular poignancy.
The German Way
This clever A-to-Z guide to quirks, attitudes, behavior and customs is a terrific resource for travelers seeking insight into why the Germans, Austrians and Swiss do what they do.
Eyewitness Guide Germany
Featuring color photography, excellent local maps and a region-by-region synopsis of the country’s attractions.
Germany Adventure Map
A double-sided full color map of Germany at a scale of 1:825,000. Printed on waterproof, tear-resistant paper.
111 Places in Munich That You Shouldn’t Miss
This “111 Places” guide to Munich profiles so many strange and original places that it will surprise even loyal residents. Its 111 places of interest reveal the history and unique flavor of the German city.
Eyewitness Guide Munich & the Bavarian Alps
This comprehensive illustrated guide is filled with excellent maps, hundreds of photographs and succinct overviews of history, culture and sightseeing.
Xenophobe’s Guide to the Germans
This irreverent pocket guide to cultural awareness is both insightful and entertaining.
Horst D. Dornbusch
Prost! The Story of German Beer
The Munich-based aficionado weaves history and culture with the marvels and mysteries of German beer in this brief, authoritative guide.
Dresden: Tuesday, February 13, 1945
A re-evaluation of the Allied firebombing of Dresden, one of the most destructive, and still controversial, air campaigns of WWII.
Kay Shaw Nelson
All Along the Rhine: Recipes, Wine and Lore from Germany, France, Switzerland, Austria, Liechtenstein and Holland
A tribute to the Rhine Valley, its history, culture and especially its food in 130 authentic recipes.
Ambrose’s account of the battles fought in the year between D-Day and the German surrender, from the U.S. Army’s perspective.
Germania, In Wayward Pursuit of the Germans and Their History
Winder’s witty, entertaining and opinionated portrait of German culture is both an illuminating history and a wonderfully digressive exploration of the powerful and often confounding nation.
Robert S. Wistrich
Hitler and the Holocaust
A short history of the cultural and political circumstances surrounding the genocide of the Jews. Wistrich looks closely at anti-Semitism in Germany, Europe and abroad in an attempt to understand the evil unleashed during WW II.
The Burgermeister’s Daughter
Meticulously researched and absorbing, this narrative by a Harvard historian traces the legal battle of the daughter of a well-to-do family who, in 1525, was thrown out of her home and disinherited.
Gordon A. Craig
A gifted historian, Craig explores the paradoxes of German identity in this masterful portrait of German life, past and present, with chapters on religion, money, Jews, women, literature and society, Berlin and language.
The Penguin Historical Atlas of the Medieval World
Richly decorated with photographs, illustrations and full-color maps, this compact atlas explores the empires, people, cultures and religions of the Middle Ages, providing an excellent introduction to European history.
Hero Tales and Legends of the Rhine
These classic tales, first published in 1915, introduce Odin, Brunhild, Lorelei, Siegfried and a host of mythic figures associated with the magic and mystery of the Rhine. Organized by chapter from source to sea, the map, illustrations and introductory chapters on history, geography and people set the stage for a river cruise.
Mark Twain, Dave Eggers (Introduction)
A Tramp Abroad
Written 11 years after Innocents Abroad, this is Twain’s second foray into European travel. Filled with his characteristic wit and humorous observations, it documents his journeys through Germany, Switzerland, France and Italy.
Mark Cioc, William Cronon (Introduction)
The Rhine: An Eco-Biography, 1815-2000
A scholarly, well-researched environmental history of the Rhine, particularly its role in European economic and German national history over the past 200 years.
A Concise History of Germany
This essential short history of Germany – a whirlwind survey in less than 300 pages – explores the relationships between social, political and cultural factors in this land located in the center of Europe.
The Berlin Diaries
The compulsively readable wartime account of an emigre Russian princess who was secretary to Adam Von Trott, mastermind of the failed 20th of July plot to assassinate Hitler. Idealistic, vivacious and observant, “Missie” conveys the flavor of Berlin during the 1940s.
The Blue Flower
Set in the Age of Goethe, this exquisitely written short novel is a fictional account of the life of the Romantic poet Novalis. It paints a vivid picture of German intellectual life in the late 1700s.