Reviews

  • "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**
  • "Written with great verve, compassion and humour, Hilmes' book brings to life a panoramic cast of characters ... Compelling, suspenseful and beautifully done"

    Anna Funder, author of STASILAND
  • "Jefferson Chase’s excellent translation gives us taut prose that adds to the sense of unease"

    Emma John, Guardian, **Books of the Year**
  • "Thrilling ... Berlin 1936, with its keyhole glimpses into otherwise private lives, gives us an engaging portrait of those last flashes individuality in the Third Reich."

    Robert Leigh-Pemberton, Daily Telegraph
  • "This fascinating work captures the simmering complexity of a society as it enters one of the darkest chapters of modern history. With chilling immediacy, Hilmes offers portraits taken from a whole cross section of Berlin, characters as vivid as any from an Otto Dix or George Grosz painting"

    Chloe Aridjis, author of BOOK OF CLOUDS
  • "Anybody looking for an alternative history of one of the most controversial Games in the history of the Olympics should look no further"

    Daily Express

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