Non-fiction on the subjects of society, cultural history, history, biographies

Diedrich Diederichsen: Über Pop-Musik © Kiepenheuer & Witsch Verlag, Cologne, 2014

Diedrich Diederichsen
Über Pop-Musik

Pop music brings together a variety of elements. Diedrich Diederichsen says that “it is a combination of images, performances, (usually popular) music, lyrics and expectations associated with real people.” It is never just about the melody because a song touches on life in a multitude of different ways.More ...
Carolin Emcke: Weil es sagbar ist. Über Zeugenschaft und Gerechtigkeit © S. Fischer Verlag, Frankfurt am Main, 2013

Carolin Emcke
Weil es sagbar ist. Über Zeugenschaft und Gerechtigkeit

On her travels in crisis areas such as Afghanistan, Haiti, Kosovo and Iraq, Carolin Emcke met many people who have suffered atrocities or disasters first-hand. Often, she says, the people concerned tell their stories in a confused, stuttering, non-linear way, making the content sound incredible to outsiders.More ...
Ines Geipel: Generation Mauer. Ein Porträt © Klett-Cotta Verlag, Stuttgart, 2014

Ines Geipel
Generation Mauer. Ein Porträt

In her new book, Ines Geipel deals with the subject of East Germans born after the Berlin Wall was built in 1961, that is to say, the book is about the group who had a “complete biography” before 1989.More ...
Lutz Hachmeister: Heideggers Testament. Der Philosoph, der Spiegel und die SS © Propyläen Verlag, Berlin, 2014

Lutz Hachmeister
Heideggers Testament. Der Philosoph, der Spiegel und die SS

This was to be the only interview of any length he granted journalists in his lifetime. He referred to his withdrawal from public life after 1945 as essential. For decades, he had nothing good to say about “hacks”.More ...
Marie Jalowicz Simon: Untergetaucht. Eine junge Frau überlebt in Berlin 1940-1945 
 © S. Fischer Verlag, Frankfurt am Main, 2014

Marie Jalowicz Simon
Untergetaucht. Eine junge Frau überlebt in Berlin 1940-1945

Even those who know in theory that there were Jews who survived the Holocaust in Germany by going underground and spending years in hiding can be amazed by Marie Jalowicz Simon’s recollections. For it is only when one looks at a specific story that it becomes clear how what is easily said consists of hundreds of days and many thousands of hours, each of which presents problems that have to be overcome.More ...
Jürgen Kaube: Max Weber. Ein Leben zwischen den Epochen © Rowohlt Verlag, Reinbek bei Hamburg, 2014

Jürgen Kaube
Max Weber. Ein Leben zwischen den Epochen

With an admirably light touch, Kaube creates an intellectual panorama where the theories on capitalism of Georg Simmel and Werner Sombart are to be found alongside Kafka’s reception of an essay on bureaucracy by Alfred Weber, and Max Weber’s pupils Robert Michels, Georg Lukács und Carl Schmitt, who later became affiliated with various totalitarian persuasions.More ...
Herfried Münkler: Der große Krieg. Die Welt 1914-1918 © Rowohlt Verlag, Reinbek bei Hamburg, 2013

Herfried Münkler
Der große Krieg. Die Welt 1914-1918

On 4 August 1914, German troops invaded Belgium, and the aim was to reach France within a week. The soldiers had been promised that they would be home for Christmas. Instead, they became embroiled in a war of attrition. And just two weeks after the invasion of Belgium, Russian troops attacked East Prussia. The flashpoints did not remain confined to a particular region, but were linked.More ...
Christian Schmidt-Häuer: Erlebte Weltgeschichte. Prag, Polen, Moskau, Ungarn, Rumänien 1968-2013 © Donat Verlag, Bremen, 2014

Christian Schmidt-Häuer
Erlebte Weltgeschichte. Prag, Polen, Moskau, Ungarn, Rumänien 1968-2013

“Nothing is older than yesterday’s newspaper” is a saying popular among journalists. At a time when some people fear that newspapers themselves have had their day, Christian Schmidt-Häuer’s book is an appropriate antidote.More ...
Hilal Sezgin: Artgerecht ist nur die Freiheit. Eine Ethik für Tiere oder Warum wir umdenken müssen © C.H. Beck Verlag, Munich, 2014

Hilal Sezgin
Artgerecht ist nur die Freiheit. Eine Ethik für Tiere oder Warum wir umdenken müssen

“Artgerecht ist nur die Freiheit” (Only Freedom is Species-appropriate) is another book that questions our relationship to animals, like „Zoopolis“, Karen Duves „Anständig essen“ (Eating Decently) and, of course, Jonathan Safran Foer’s book „Tiere essen“ (Eating Animals), which was a bestseller a few years ago. Sezgin’s book deserves the same attention because it continues where Foer left off and questions our everyday habits.More ...