Why the Germans Do it Better: Notes from a Grown-Up Country

October 31, 2020
Why the Germans Do it Better: Notes from a Grown-Up Country

Emerging from a collection of disparate city states 150 yearsago, no other country has had as turbulent a history as Germany orenjoyed so much prosperity in such a short time frame. Today, asmuch of the world succumbs to authoritarianism and democracy isundermined from its heart, Germany stands as a bulwark for decencyand stability.Mixing personal journey and anecdote with compelling empiricalevidence, this is a searching and entertaining exploration of thecountry many in the West still love to hate. Raising importantquestions for our post-Brexit landscape, Kampfner asks why Germanyhas become a model for others to emulate, while Britain stilllanguishes in wartime nostalgia and fails to tackle contemporarychallenges. Part memoir, part history, part travelogue, Why theGermans Do It Better is a rich and witty portrait of aneternally fascinating country.