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5.0 out of 5 stars A work of historical genius and new relevance, 28 Feb. 2012
This review is from: The German Genius: Europe's Third Renaissance, the Second Scientific Revolution and the Twentieth Century (Paperback)
Peter Watson has written the best biographical introduction to the glories of post-Enlightenment German history that I have found or can imagine. This is a thick book and dense with facts, but the narrative drive is relentless and the overall conclusion is convincing. Germany has done more than any other nation to shape the modern world we live in, the world in which the United States of America has taken up the flag and continued the long march into a brighter future. If the USA is the modern Rome, Germany is its Greece, its Athens and Sparta rolled into one.

Watson rolls out a pantheon of great Germans for our edification, and an impressive roll call it is. From the early days of Kant and the idealists and Goethe and the romantics, through the middle years of Nietzsche and Wagner, science and industrialization, military prowess and colonial adventures, to the glory days of Einstein and the quantum theorists, Freud and scientific medicine, Heidegger and the existentialists, to the apocalyptic horror of Hitler and the Nazis, and onward through the economic miracle to reunification and a respected place at the heart of the European Union, Germany has been there, done that, and seen it all.

This entire astonishing story is tirelessly chronicled in Watson's magnum opus. He offers potted biographies and assessments of the hundred or more prominent Germans that all educated people should be acquainted with, and sets the tales in a master narrative that takes the reader through a story like no other in the entire history of civilization. The new relevance of the story is that Germany is a lot more than the blighted source of two world wars and a holocaust. Germany was the engine of a hundred years of progress that changed the world and gave America the tools and the opening for its own world hegemony. Now, in a Europe that otherwise looks desolate, Germany is the best hope for renewal.
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Initial post: 10 Aug 2014 15:19:50 BDT
Buddy says:
"You must understand that this war is not against Hitler or National Socialism, but against the strength of the German people, which is to be smashed once and for all, regardless of whether it is in the hands of Hitler of a Jesuit priest." - Winston Churchill (1940) source - Churchill in War and Peace, Emrys Hughes, 1950 (British edition), p. 145.

"In less than ten years Germany became easily the most powerful state in Europe. It worked so magically and magnificently that it sounded the death knell of the entire (Zionist) Jewish money system. World Jewry knew that they had to destroy Hitler's system, by whatever means might prove necessary, or their own [system of usury] would necessarily die. And if it died, with it must die their dream and their hope of making themselves masters of the world. The primary issue over which World War II was fought was to determine which money system was to survive. At bottom it was not a war between Germany and the so-called allies. Primarily it was war to the death between Germany and the International Money Power." --William Gayley Simpson, 'Which Way Western Man' (p.642)
William Gayley Simpson

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Aug 2014 15:44:06 BDT
Andrew Ross says:
Churchill's 1940 statement of his war aim in the cited quotation was over-ambitious. The Allies defeated the Nazi regime and the militarist ambitions of the German people, but not the people as a "race". On the contrary, racism as a political category was "aufgehoben" in the stench of Nazi racism. Now the world of money is no more Jewish than Wasp or Chinese. Fear of Jewish plutocracy is a paranoid fantasy that infected Hitler and should be dead.
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