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The German Genius: Europe's Third Renaissance, the Second Scientific Revolution and the Twentieth Century Paperback – 4 Aug 2011
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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)
"[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)
"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
About the Author
Peter Watson was born in 1943 and was educated at universities in Durham, London and Rome. He has been on the staff of the Sunday Times and The Times, and has written for many other newspapers. He is the author of over a dozen books including Ideas: A History from Fire to Freud. He lives in London.
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The book traces the historical transition between theology and biology, between the soul and the mind and argues that the transformation took place largely in Germany in the years "between doubt and Darwin".
All nationalities are unique. Are our German friends uniquely unique? I do not think so. I feel that the book would gain - as would all of Peter Watson's books - from at least a nodding acquaintance with "eastern" thought and its influence on "western" thinkers. The books of Harry Oldmeadow would be a good place to start.
That said, this is a fine book, that seeks some sort of answer as to how and why the Nazi's and their way of being arose in Germany - as a necessary culmination of what had gone before or as an aberration? And in seeking that answer Peter Watson seeks to point a way forward for all of us as we grapple with our crazy mixed up modern world that yet has so much potential for good.
This is the third - rather large - book I have read by this author. It was as good as "The Age of Nothing" and "A Terrible Beauty". Hopefully I have gained a lot. Thank you.
Peter Watson himself is somewhat of a genius!
The only criticism is the cover of this book, very bland and the pages feel dull.
Watson's masterpiece is his Fire to Freud. As well as being a fun read, that book is actually the best produced book I have ever come across. Nice crisp white paper and black ink. A great publishing job by a small publisher.
In that earlier book there is a passage where Watson mentions the German Genius and the great mystery of the Germans! Now he wrote a book about it. The man never sleeps!
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