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The 10 best books of 2012 – The Washington Post

NONFICTION BEHIND THE BEAUTIFUL FOREVERS: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity By Katherine Boo (Random House) This is quite simply an astonishing tale of squatters living in a tiny slum in India’s largest city. While dismal, their lives — as garbage pickers and scrap sellers — are almost …

Pertti Ahonen Reviews Edith Sheffer’s “Burned Bridge: How The East And West Germans Made The Iron Curtain” | The New Republic

 Burned Bridge: How the East and West Germans Made the Iron Curtain by Edith Sheffer Oxford University Press, 384 pp., $29.95 THE IRON CURTAIN between the two Germanys has received a fair share of public attention in recent years. The twentieth anniversary celebrations of the fall of the Berlin Wall constituted …

The 20-Year Miracle – Welded together from unequal parts, modern Germany has overcome historic challenges and matured into Europe's economic powerhouse.

There won’t be many birthday parties for Berlin this year. The city’s main thoroughfare, Unter den Linden, is still jammed with tourists, and the Prussian-era museums, destroyed by Allied bombs during World War II, have been restored to their former glory. The cafés and bars of Mitte, in what used …