With attentive honesty and scrupulous openness, Sollors captures the utter untowardness of times and things in the making. The result is a complex pleasure brave, broad, bracing, hugely intelligent, and unfailingly fresh. --Gish Jen, author of "Tiger Writing: Art, Culture, and the Interdependent Self"
Until recently Sollors [...] avoided writing about Germany, but his new book returns fascinatingly to the ruined landscape of his childhood. He argues that we re wrong to see the Allied occupation as a prelude to the West German economic miracle. [...] The years that followed the German surrender were desolate both for occupiers and occupied, as Sollors illustrates with examples drawn from a curious assortment of texts and photographs that complicate and sometimes counteract the prevailing despair. --London Review of Books