In Wayward Pursuit of the Germans and Their History
by Simon Winder
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Anyone who visits Germany for long can find it to be a daunting place. There is, of course, the dark past—or pasts, when we add the years of Communist tyranny to the legacy of the Nazi era—which have a tendency to weigh heavily on one's impressions. Then there's the food (can there really be that many types of sausage?) and the social habits (why does hiking require a special outfit and a ski pole?), not to mention the Kultur (does each little town need its own opera house?). Generations of historians have sought to explain the messy, chaotic, and frequently contradictory narrative of this great, somehow still enigmatic European nation. But it almost requires a professional outsider to dredge up the real peculiarities that can supply, in thick strokes, a suggestive portrait of a quirky people.
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