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A European Past: Memoirs, 1905-1945
A European Past: Memoirs, 1905-1945
By Felix Gilbert
Norton, 1988, 229 pp

Memoirs of a great contemporary historian, beginning with a childhood in culture and privilege in pre-1914 Berlin and recording in sparse, memorable detail the subsequent years of upheaval: the Great War, student years under Weimar, the immediacy of Nazism, ending with an OSS assignment at the end of the war. A book of austere elegance and unobtrusive wisdom, a brilliantly sharp insight into a bygone world, told by one of its finest representatives.