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Vorsprung durch Völkerverständigung
on 11 September 2007
Some of the reviewers seem to have mistaken Ben Donald's book as a detailed travel guide or an accurate dictionary. I don't think it's either of those. Rather it's a very entertaining insight into German Befindlichkeit that goes well beyond the World War II, Wembley 1966, and beer & sausages trivia. Of course, not everybody might find the comparison of cheap airlines and the Kraft durch Freude scheme funny. But Ben Donald did some interesting research and explains events and facts about my country I wasn't aware of before. But, and that's the added value, Ben Donald also manages to tell something about the British by way of dismantling prejudices so often used on the British Isles. In that sense, I'd give the book the certificate Vorsprung durch Völkerverständigung.