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"A tour de force. . . . It is impossible not to be impressed by his range and versatility as he bounds across the disciplines. . . . This intelligent book presents a breathtaking panorama."--Sunday Times (London) "A compilation of essential German contributions to philosophy, theology, mathematics, natural and social science and the arts since 1750. Watson enshrines a vast pantheon of creative thinkers... [including] compressed summaries of some exceedingly difficult ideas. The range of subjects is impressive, from painters to physicists."--New York Times Book Review "["The German Genius" is] Watson's eight-hundred-and-fifty-page love letter to the all-stars of the Teutonic intellect...his ?lan generates its own momentum... The book's breadth is part of the point."--The New Yorker "[A] colossal encyclopaedia. . . . Heroic. . . . Watson derives the German genius from deep springs."--The Guardian "Reveals several surprises. . . . A remarkable book on many levels. The research is first-rate and it is surprisingly accessible."--Tucson Citizen "Few wasted words--a welcome resource for students of modern history, literature and cultural studies."--Kirkus Reviews "Watson's book is intended to subvert the negative German stereotypes. Though it checks in at just short of 1,000 pages, it is a usefully concise introduction to the principal themes and personalities of German scientific, philosophical, social, literary and artistic culture since 1750."--The Times (London) "A powerful and vivid opus. . . . Watson's story is brimming with life. You can barely put the book aside."--Berliner Zeitung. "A joy, for its ambition, its seriousness and its moral integrity."--The Scotsman "Few wasted words-a welcome resource for students of modern history, literature and cultural studies."--Kirkus Reviews "Watson's story is vibrating with life. It is unputdownable. It contains a lot one didn't know. So much enlightenment and so much that moves."--Frankfurter Rundschau "Assembles such a wealth of information, based on an impressive range of sources, that The German Genius will be an essential work...for years to come."--The Independent "He has an enviable gift of explaining lucidly and cogently ideas that are complicated or profound (or both). . . . Everyone interested in the sufferings and greatness of modern culture will be informed, entertained and provoked by it."--Literary Review "The German Genius present a huge corpus of scholarship in easily digestible form, and its range is astonishing. No professor, least of all a German one, would have dared to essay such a synthesis; so much the worse for the professors."--Standpoint "Watson tells how the Nazis' first artistic blacklist appeared just six weeks after Hitler assumed power in 1933 - and how his catastrophic handling of his intellectual inheritance has unfairly overshadowed the country ever since. This exhaustive and virtuoso sweep through history goes some way to restoring the balance."--Press Association A compilation of essential German contributions to philosophy, theology, mathematics, natural and social science and the arts since 1750. Watson enshrines a vast pantheon of creative thinkers... [including] compressed summaries of some exceedingly difficult ideas. The range of subjects is impressive, from painters to physicists. --New York Times Book Review" ["The German Genius" is] Watson s eight-hundred-and-fifty-page love letter to the all-stars of the Teutonic intellect his ?lan generates its own momentum The book s breadth is part of the point. --The New Yorker" [An] engrossing, vast chronicle. . . . English now dominates the arts and sciences, but Watson writes an absorbing account of a time not so long ago when German ruled. --Publishers Weekly (starred review)" Reveals several surprises. . . . A remarkable book on many levels. The research is first-rate and it is surprisingly accessible. --Tucson Citizen" A tour de force. . . . It is impossible not to be impressed by his range and versatility as he bounds across the disciplines. . . . This intelligent book presents a breathtaking panorama. --Sunday Times (London)" [A] colossal encyclopaedia. . . . Heroic. . . . Watson derives the German genius from deep springs. --The Guardian" Watson s book is intended to subvert the negative German stereotypes. Though it checks in at just short of 1,000 pages, it is a usefully concise introduction to the principal themes and personalities of German scientific, philosophical, social, literary and artistic culture since 1750. --The Times (London)" Few wasted words a welcome resource for students of modern history, literature and cultural studies. --Kirkus Reviews" Watson tells how the Nazis first artistic blacklist appeared just six weeks after Hitler assumed power in 1933 - and how his catastrophic handling of his intellectual inheritance has unfairly overshadowed the country ever since. This exhaustive and virtuoso sweep through history goes some way to restoring the balance. --Press Association" The German Genius present a huge corpus of scholarship in easily digestible form, and its range is astonishing. No professor, least of all a German one, would have dared to essay such a synthesis; so much the worse for the professors. --Standpoint" He has an enviable gift of explaining lucidly and cogently ideas that are complicated or profound (or both). . . . Everyone interested in the sufferings and greatness of modern culture will be informed, entertained and provoked by it. --Literary Review" Assembles such a wealth of information, based on an impressive range of sources, that The German Genius will be an essential work...for years to come. --The Independent" Watson s story is vibrating with life. It is unputdownable. It contains a lot one didn t know. So much enlightenment and so much that moves. --Frankfurter Rundschau" A joy, for its ambition, its seriousness and its moral integrity. --The Scotsman" A powerful and vivid opus. . . . Watson s story is brimming with life. You can barely put the book aside. --Berliner Zeitung." Few wasted words-a welcome resource for students of modern history, literature and cultural studies. --Kirkus Reviews" "[An] engrossing, vast chronicle. . . . English now dominates the arts and sciences, but Watson writes an absorbing account of a time not so long ago when German ruled."--Publishers Weekly (starred review) "[The German Genius is] Watson's eight-hundred-and-fifty-page love letter to the all-stars of the Teutonic intellect...his elan generates its own momentum... The book's breadth is part of the point."--The New Yorker [The German Genius is] Watson s eight-hundred-and-fifty-page love letter to the all-stars of the Teutonic intellect his ?lan generates its own momentum The book s breadth is part of the point. --The New Yorker"

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