A Quick Tip by rbuchanan
In this early reader souvenir treating of central Europe's pinnacle of postwar prosperity, twenty-five Germans (and one Yugoslav guestworker) of manifold vocations are paragraphed via first-person narrative, coupled with attractive photographs of each subject's person, workplace and related locales: residences and landscapes of rural and urban splendor. Skilled laborers, entrepreneurs, craftsmen, entertainers, executives, clerics, politicos, students, etc. are profiled to communicate a cursory yet veracious impression of the West German populace, geography, industry and lifestyles commonplace in the mid-'80s. An implicit ethos characterized by diligent industriousness, a restive vigilance attributable to Cold War tension and the pragmatic environmentalism of contemporary Germany is conveyed throughout. Notwithstanding its patent superannuation in an era subsequent to reunification, this book is an indispensable resource for any parent who purports to cultivate an accurate (albeit superficial) perspective of the defunct FRG.
Though fit for a sitting, a table of contents enumerating each individual and index specifying prominent topics facilitates perusal. Two pages of informational items pertaining to demography, politics, education, climate, infrastructure, etc. provide basic facts for uninitiated young readers.
We Live in West Germany, authored by one Christa Stadtler a year antecedent, is a source on which this edition's content was based. Published in the '80s, other titles of this volume's ...is my country series canvassed representatives of Greece, Israel, Kenya, Japan, Argentina, Spain, New Zealand, America, etc. Long out of print, their excellence isn't overshadowed by obsolescence.