Book look: WWI, JFK and L.A.

Guido Knopp has written a vast number of historical books. Many, if not 1most of them, analyse the political developments during World War Two. His latest release focuses on the First World War which is here seen as a part of the Thirty Years’ War of the 20th century. A considerably long peaceful period ended in 1914 by the devastating conflict. Knopp decided to create chapters around 74 carefully chosen wartime photographs. He explains when they were taken and what they show. Thanks to the precise research of the former Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reporter and his team, a lot of information about war-era events and actions taking place when the book’s photos were taken, can now be regarded as wrong. The impressive images of “Der Erste Weltkrieg. Die Bilanz in Bildern” show soldiers, monarchs and poor children.

Der Erste Weltkrieg. Die Bilanz in Bildern
By Guido Knopp
Published by Edel (

Fifty years after the assassination of US President John F. Kennedy in Dallas, Texas, many rumours still dominate people’s perception. Kennedy carried the hopes of the Western World, but also dragged the United States deep into the Vietnam War. Kennedy – whose rivals acknowledged his brilliant rhetoric – appealed on Americans to turn over a new leaf together. At the same time, he did everything to keep his affairs and fragile health a secret. Ronald D. Gerste – a German historian and journalist based in Washington, D.C. – analysed Kennedy’s personality and his policies in 100 chapters. He investigated the environment in which the ambitious Democrat grew up. “JFK. 100 Fragen – 100 Antworten” also contains facts about the charismatic politician’s decisions regarding the USA’s relation with Cuba and the Soviet Union. Overall, Gerste’s book helps to comprehend why the 1,000 days of Kennedy’s presidency are an important chapter in world politics.

JFK. 100 Fragen – 100 Antworten
By Ronald D. Gerste
Published by Klett-Cotta (

Rainer Strecker, a German actor based in Berlin and Los Angeles, has written an extraordinary guide. His book “Gebrauchsanweisung für Los Angeles” is an outstanding portrait of the fascinating city located on the West Coast of the United States of America. Strecker writes about the city’s art scene, Hollywood, its museums and beaches but also about its famous residents. He explains what it means to live in L.A. and lists great films taking place there, including “Terminator 2: Judgment Day” and “L.A. Confidential”. “Gebrauchsanweisung für Los Angeles” offers a lot of information about daily life in the giant city, the magical world of showbiz but also various negative aspects – all provided by an insider.

Gebrauchsanweisung für Los Angeles
By Rainer Strecker
Published by Piper (

Nolde nostalgia in Vienna

Over the years, brilliant thematic exhibitions have been on display at Belvedere Palace in Vienna. Paintings and photographs of night-time scenes have been presented as well as sculptures, busts and other works of art influenced by the baroque era.
Now – after focusing on the oeuvre of Hans Markart, Carl Schuch and others – the museum’s creative team have organised a temporary exhibit of paintings by Emil Nolde. Stephan Koja and Katharina Lovecky managed to create an exhibit which can do without lengthy explanatory texts. The strength and force caused by the overwhelming beauty of the late German artist’s paintings dominates the exhibition called “In Glut und Farbe”.

The exhibition catalogue – published by Hirmer ( and on sale as of now – offers a great chance to Nolde fans interested in finding out more about the painter, his principles and intentions. All of the exhibit’s paintings are featured in the book. Furthermore, there are articles by several experts including Andreas Fluck and Manfred Reuther.