• "Engrossing"

    Matt Chilton, **Books of the Year**, Daily Telegraph
  • "Eighty years after the events it depicts, Berlin 1936 is a small masterpiece – you actually feel like you were there… The book was originally in German, but Jefferson Chase’s translation is so perfectly judged, you’d never even notice"

    Marcus Berkmann, Daily Mail, **Books of the Year**
  • "Entertaining... A vivid collage of vignettes gleaned from diaries, police reports, snippets from newspapers, and so on. It dances from comedy to tragedy, from the ironic to the sinister, to give a picture of a darkening Germany... Hilmes has an eye for incidental detail."

    Robbie Millen, The Times
  • "A German historian charts the Berlin Olympics day by day through a series of memorable vignettes of life under Nazism. Hilmes’ deceptively jaunty, even comic tone echoes that of the Games themselves"

    Simon Kuper, Financial Times, **Books of the Year**
  • "This book reads like a tourist guide to a city on the eve of destruction"

    Gerard DeGroot, The Times, **Books of the Year**