by John Kampfner

Emerging from a collection of city states 150 years ago, no other country has had as turbulent a history as Germany or enjoyed so much prosperity in such a short time frame. Today, as much of the world succumbs to authoritarianism and democracy is undermined from its heart, Germany stands as a bulwark for decency and stability. Mixing personal journey and anecdote with compelling empirical evidence, this is a critical and entertaining exploration of the country many in the West still love to hate. Raising important questions for our post-Brexit landscape, Kampfner asks why, despite its faults, Germany has become a model for others to emulate, while Britain fails to tackle contemporary challenges. Part memoir, part history, part travelogue, Why the Germans Do It Better is a rich and witty portrait of an eternally fascinating country.

Interview with the Author

Keen On
John Kampfner on “Why Germans Do It Better”
3/1/21       41 min

Iain Dale All Talk
John Kampfner
10/20/20        53 min

Bloomberg Westminster
Why The Germans Do It Better (with John Kampfner)
12/31/20         23 min



Awards & Prizes


BISAC Political Science

BISAC Social Science


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