Korrupt? Wie unsere Politiker und Parteien sich bereichern - und uns verkaufen

By Mathew D. Rose

Politik als tremendous enterprise – ein investigativer Journalist deckt auf

Vertreten Politiker wirklich den Willen des Volkes? Oder arbeiten sie auf eigene Rechnung? Mathew D. Rose folgt der Spur des Geldes und wirft einen Blick hinter die Finanzkulissen von Parteien und Politikern. Er enthüllt: Politik funktioniert nach den Gesetzen des enormous enterprise. Geld und Macht bestimmen immer öfter die politischen Entscheidungen. Die Demokratie droht auf der Strecke zu bleiben.

Die Politik ist weit davon entfernt, „im Namen des Volkes“ zu sprechen und im Interesse des Gemeinwohls zu handeln. En passant ist der Politikbetrieb zu einem perfekt organisierten Wirtschaftszweig umgebaut worden, der nach den Prinzipien von revenue, Rendite und Karriere funktioniert. Kaum ein Tag vergeht ohne eine Meldung über fragwürdige Parteispenden, Doppelfunktionen von Abgeordneten, die zugleich Lobbyisten sind, oder Politiker, die nach dem „Drehtür“-Prinzip intestine dotierte Positionen in der Wirtschaft übernehmen – in demselben Feld, in dem sie zuvor politische Entscheidungen getroffen haben. Die Botschaft ist klar, Geld beherrscht viele politische Entscheidungsprozesse, vor allem zur Umverteilung von Reichtum. Die Parteien müssen nur aufpassen, dass sie die Wähler nicht soweit abspenstig machen, dass der Bürger eine andere Partei wählt, denn schließlich ist Stimmenverlust gleich Machtverlust – und daraus resultiert Umsatzverlust... Ein längst fälliges Enthüllungsbuch zum Thema Transparenz in der Politik: Spannend von der ersten bis zur letzten Seite, desillusionierend im Hinblick auf die Erkenntnis wieweit der Missbrauchs von Politik, Wirtschaft und Medien bereits gediehen ist, und zugleich ein flammender Appell, die Politik nicht dem Politikbetrieb zu überlassen, sondern dem Bürgerwillen durch mehr direkte Demokratie zur Geltung zu verhelfen.

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Nietzsche: Philosopher, Psychologist, Antichrist (Princeton Classics)

This vintage is the benchmark opposed to which all smooth books approximately Nietzsche are measured. while Walter Kaufmann wrote it within the fast aftermath of global conflict II, such a lot students outdoors Germany seen Nietzsche as half madman, half proto-Nazi, and nearly thoroughly unphilosophical. Kaufmann rehabilitated Nietzsche approximately single-handedly, proposing his works as one of many nice achievements of Western philosophy.

Responding to the strong myths and countermyths that had sprung up round Nietzsche, Kaufmann provided a sufferer, evenhanded account of his existence and works, and of the makes use of and abuses to which next generations had positioned his principles. with out ignoring or downplaying the ugliness of lots of Nietzsche's proclamations, he set them within the context of his paintings as an entire and of the counterexamples yielded by means of a dependable interpreting of his books. extra certainly, he awarded Nietzsche's rules approximately energy as one of many nice accomplishments of recent philosophy, arguing that his perception of the "will to strength" was once now not a crude apology for ruthless self-assertion yet has to be associated with Nietzsche's both profound principles approximately sublimation. He additionally awarded Nietzsche as a pioneer of recent psychology and argued key to figuring out his total philosophy is to determine it as a response opposed to Christianity.

Many students some time past part century have taken factor with a few of Kaufmann's interpretations, however the publication ranks as essentially the most influential money owed ever written of any significant Western philosopher. that includes a brand new foreword by means of Alexander Nehamas, this Princeton Classics version of Nietzsche introduces a brand new new release of readers to at least one the main influential money owed ever written of any significant Western thinker.

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Angela Merkel: A Chancellorship Forged in Crisis

By Alan Crawford, Tony Czuczka

Angela Merkel: A Chancellorship cast in concern is the definitive new biography of the world’s strongest lady. Delving into Merkel’s prior, the authors clarify the reasons at the back of her force to remake Europe for the age of globalization, her monetary position versions and the reports below communism that colour her judgements. For the 1st time in English, Merkel is absolutely positioned in her eu context. via specific interviews with best coverage makers and Merkel confidants, the booklet unearths the behind-the-scenes drama of the drawback that got here to dominate her chancellorship, her prickly courting with the U.S. and admiration for jap Europe.

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Die Abenteuer des Joel Spazierer

By Michael Köhlmeier

"Ich besaß nie den Ehrgeiz, ein guter Mensch zu werden." Joel Spazierer, geboren 1949 in Budapest, wächst bei seinen Großeltern auf und ist vier Jahre alt, als sie von Stalins Schergen abgeholt werden. Fünf Tage und vier Nächte verbringt er allein in der Wohnung und lernt eine Welt ohne Menschen kennen. Es fehlt ihm an nichts, er ist zufrieden. Eher zufällig findet ihn seine Mutter, die noch Studentin ist. Joel Spazierer lernt nie, used to be intestine und was once böse ist. Sein Aussehen, sein Charme, seine Freundlichkeit öffnen ihm jedes Herz. Er lügt, stiehlt und mordet, ändert seinen Namen und seine Identität und betreibt seine kriminelle Karriere in vielen europäischen Ländern. Die Geschichte, die er uns ganz unschuldig erzählt, ist ein Schelmenroman über die Nachtseiten unserer Gesellschaft wie es noch keinen gab.

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Winter Men

By Jesper Bugge Kold

As the darkish specter of the Nazis settles over Germany, filthy rich and proficient brothers are without warning thrust into the emerging tide of battle. Karl, a former soldier and profitable businessman, dutifully solutions the decision to safeguard his nation, whereas contemplative educational Gerhard is coerced into informing for the Gestapo. quickly the brothers are serving within the SS, and as Hitler’s hateful time table brings approximately unspeakable atrocities, they locate themselves with blameless blood on their hands.

Following Germany’s eventual defeat, Karl and Gerhard are haunted through their insurmountable guilt, and every seeks the way to get away from wounds that might by no means heal. They survived the battle and its revelation of systematic horrors, yet can they continue to exist the unshakable wisdom in their personal culpability?

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Jew Suss

By Lion Feuchtwanger

"The publication; definite, their ebook. that they had no country, protecting them jointly, no kingdom, no soil, no king, no type of lifestyles in universal. If, however, they have been one, extra one than the entire different peoples of the area, it used to be the booklet that sweated them into solidarity. Brown, white, black, yellow Jews, huge and small, most appropriate and in rags, godless and pious, they may crouch and dream all their lives in a quiet room, or fare wonderfully in a radiant, golden whirlwind over the earth, yet sunk deep in them all used to be the lesson of the booklet. Manifold is the realm, however it is useless and fleeting as wind; yet one and merely is the God of Israel, the eternal, the limitless, the Jehovah." -Jud Süss, 1925. whilst Feuchtwanger’s most sensible identified novels “Jew Süss” (“Power”) and “Ugly Duchess” have been first translated into English within the Twenties, they triggered a major sensation in England after which in the United States. The critics all hailed Feuchtwanger because the grasp of the ancient novel—the peer of Dumas and Scott yet written with the psychology of our personal day. “Jew Süss,” set within the 18th century Germany (at the time together with various fragmented autonomous states), offers with an id main issue: to be able to achieve social energy, the novel's protagonist makes an attempt to forsake his Jewish background and turns into assimilated into the mainstream of German tradition. greater than that, Süss reveals himself being within the place of capability kingmaker. incredible, beautiful and with an insatiable lust for strength, he virtually governed the Duke and his courtroom, pandering to the vices of dissolute the Aristocracy, mounting via his intrigues to dizzying heights of strength. Süss’s purely weak spot, notwithstanding, is his valuable, beautiful, mild daughter, Naomi. whilst her good looks grew to become uncovered to the beastliness of the Duke, tragedy got here speedily after.

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By Charles S. Maier

Against the backdrop of 1 of the nice differences of our century, the surprising and unforeseen fall of communism as a ruling process, Charles Maier recounts the background and dying of East Germany. Dissolution is his poignant, analytically provocative account of the decline and fall of the overdue German Democratic Republic.

This e-book explains the strong explanations for the disintegration of German communism because it constructs the advanced heritage of the GDR. Maier appears to be like on the turning issues in East Germany's forty-year historical past and on the mixture of coercion and consent during which the regime functioned. He analyzes the GDR because it advanced from the purges of the Nineteen Fifties to the peace events and rising formative years tradition of the Eighties, after which turns his realization to fees of Stasi collaboration that surfaced after 1989. within the context of describing the bigger cave in of communism, Maier analyzes German components that had opposite numbers in the course of the Soviet bloc, together with its systemic and finally terminal monetary quandary, corruption and privilege within the SED, the effect of the Stasi and the plight of intellectuals and writers, and the sluggish lack of self assurance at the a part of the ruling elite. He then discusses the mass protests and proliferation of dissident teams in 1989, the cave in of the ruling get together, and the bothered aftermath of unification.

Dissolution is the 1st booklet that spans the communist cave in and the consequent strategy of unification, and that attracts on newly to be had archival records from the final levels of the GDR, together with Stasi experiences, transcripts of Politburo and critical Committee debates, and papers from the industrial making plans fee, the Council of Ministers, and the place of work records of key get together officers. This e-book is additional strengthened via Maier's broad wisdom of ecu background and the chilly struggle, his own observations and conversations with East Germans throughout the country's dramatic transition, and memoirs and different eyewitness debts released in the course of the four-decade historical past of the GDR.

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By Cornelia Funke

Eigentlich könnte alles so friedlich sein. Doch der Zauber von "Tintenherz" lässt Meggie nicht los. Und eines Tages ist es so weit: Gemeinsam mit Farid geht Meggie in die Tintenwelt, denn sie will den Weglosen Wald sehen, den Speckfürsten, den Schönen Cosimo, den Schwarzen Prinzen und seine Bären. Sie möchte die Feen treffen und natürlich Fenoglio, der sie später zurückschreiben soll. Vor allem aber will sie Staubfinger warnen, denn auch der grausame Basta ist nicht weit.

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Germany's Cold War: The Global Campaign to Isolate East Germany, 1949-1969 (The New Cold War History)

By William Glenn Gray

Utilizing newly to be had fabric from either side of the Iron Curtain, William Glenn grey explores West Germany's efforts to avoid overseas attractiveness of East Germany as a valid kingdom following international battle II.

Unwilling to just accept the department in their kingdom, West German leaders seemed the German Democratic Republic (GDR) as an illegitimate upstart--a puppet of the occupying Soviet forces. including France, Britain, and the us, West Germany utilized political and fiscal strain around the world to make sure that the GDR stay unrecognized through all nations outdoor the communist camp. Proclamations of ideological unity and narrowly detailed bursts of relief gave the GDR temporary leverage in such different nations as Egypt, Iraq, Ghana, and Indonesia; but West Germany's intimidation strategies, coupled with its enormously more suitable monetary assets, blocked any decisive East German leap forward.

Gray argues that Bonn's isolation crusade was once dropped no longer for wish of luck, yet due to adjustments in West German priorities because the fight opposed to East Germany got here to abate efforts at reconciliation with Israel, Poland, and Yugoslavia--all nations of certain relevance to Germany's fresh earlier. curiosity in a morally grounded international relations, including the becoming conviction that the GDR may now not be neglected, ended in the abandonment of Bonn's powerful yet superseded efforts to prevent all over the world acceptance of the East German regime.

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