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4.0 out of 5 stars Person gone missing, 18 Sep 2003
This review is from: Einstein in Berlin (Hardcover)
I expected to see Berlin change as seen in the eyes of Einstein, in any event that is what the introduction promised.
The book starts with a charming discription of Einstein's early life in Switzerland.
At some point he steps on a train bound for Berlin and disppears.
There follows some really interesting information on German politics during the 1st world war, between the wars, on trench warfare and some understandable discriptions of Einstein's theories. But Einstein as a person doesn't really appear again.
But probably this is what happend in reality, he was busy with his theories more than anything else.
Interesting and informative, but don't be misled by the introduction.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Terrifying relevance for today, 17 July 2004
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This review is from: Einstein in Berlin (Hardcover)
The passages dealing with Kaiser Wilhelm and WW I chilled my blood. They apply 1000% to Bush, his puppet-masters, the destruction of our environment, our civil liberties, our educational system, our scientific integrity, and of course the ill-starred invasion of Iraq.
Here are several paragraphs. Just substitute Bush for Wilhelm, Iraq for Belgium; realize that this administration IS a "hereditary government", and that the Wolfowitz, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Perle, Feith cabal articulates the view that the U.S.
has "both the right and the need" to fight wars of aggression.
P. 53: Wilhelm remains a poster child for all that is wrong with hereditary government. Vainglorious, desperately insecure, hugely ambitious, quick to take offense, ill-educated, boorish, narrow in his interests, knowledge and associations, the young kaiser was both a patsy for those in his government and in his army who were gripped by the lust for power.
P. 60\9: (pre-WWI): One war "poet" sang of the official mood: "Powerful, with honor and solidarity/Germany protects what was given from God..When criminals unite/to burn down my peaceful house/ Out Sword! War and Blood!"
P. 65: For Einstein, that was the real tragedy; the fact that the community of science and intellect that he believed he had joined in Berlin had collapsed so swiftly and so completely. What truly galled him was that the men he considered his peers were so eager to prostrate themselves in a paroxysm of nation worship, sacrificing their intellectual honesty to do so. ....the chancellor of Germany himself, Theobald von Bethmann-Hollweg, admitted in public that Germany's invasion of Belgium was a clear breach of the rights of a neutral state. 'The wrong that we are committing', he said, praising himself for his honesty, 'we will endeavor to make good as soon as our military goal is reached.'
P. 67: General Friedrich von Bernhardi's central tenet held that the Germans had both the right and the need to fight wars of aggression.
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