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Frankfurt (Innercities Cultural Guides) Paperback – 10 Sep 2015
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'In this era of TripAdvisor and online travel forums, as the traditional guidebook appears to be sliding towards extinction, paper travel guides are struggling to redefine themselves. The model offered by the Innercities series is a city guide that eschews hotel and restaurant listings, instead devoting itself entirely to the historical and cultural context of a city. The latest subject is the German city of Frankfurt, a place perhaps best known for its stock exchange and its airport . . . Its author Brian Melican is refreshingly frank about the limits of the city's allure.' --Times Literary Supplement
About the Author
BRIAN MELICAN is a British journalist, translator and author who has been living in Germany since 2008. He has published a range of articles, online videos and books in English and German.
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I am a German and have been living in Frankfurt for 20 years. I think there are only a few German-language books (if there is one at all) on Frankfurt which provide such an interesting picture of the history, culture etc. of the city of the euro. As we say in German: eine Fleißarbeit! (ß=ss) (an industrious work). You learn a lot about Frankfurt and also German history, politics, culture etc. And Melican is also funny and knows when to give someone a kick. Here an example:
"On the other side of the green belt ... stand Frankfurt's very own twin towers: the jagged, reflective Gotham City-style Deutsche Bank Towers, beloved of the visual media for the way in which, on the numerous cloudy days, their inscrutable grey bulk symbolizes so well the impenetrable cynicism of Germany's most Anglo-American bank. With its aggressive bid for a slice of the investment banking markets in London and New York, Deutsche Bank got its fingers burned in the 2008 crash and has been the object of much Schadenfreude at home ever since." (p. 54).
So this book on Frankfurt is really good!