Book look: 1989 & 2016

The peaceful revolution which led to the reunification of Germany is arguably the most important historical development since World War Two. Now a team of renowned journalist recount the decisive events of 1989 and 1990. Their texts can be found in “Acht Tage, die die Welt veränderten”, now out by DVA. Spiegel reporters Alfred Weinzierl and Klaus Wiegrefe headed the project while Jürgen Leinemann, Peter Wensierski and eight others contributed articles. “Acht Tage, die die Welt veränderten” analyses the impact of manipulated election results on the people in the former GDR. It also describes the increasing popularity of opposition movements in the socialist country. People in Leipzig and other cities took to the streets to call for change. Eventually Germany was one after decades of separation. Apart from brilliant texts recapturing the atmosphere in East Germany 25 years ago, the DVA release also features interviews with Condoleezza Rice, Timothy Garton Ash and Mikhail Gorbachev.

Acht Tage, die die Welt veränderten. Die Revolution in Deutschland 1989/90
By Alfred Weinzierl, Klaus Wiegrefe, Stefan Berg and others
Published by DVA (

Marathon strategy tips, clarification regarding long-distance running rumours and sports proverbs – Achim Achilles’ new calendar has got it all. “Der Achilles Laufkalender 2016” – now out by Heyne – has the potential to become every ambitious leisure-time athlete’s loyal companion in 2016. The pocket-sized publication features structured blank space for keeping a training diary, including covered distance, pace and mood. Throughout the months, its owner gets entertained by funny sports-related statements and motivation slogans. Furthermore, there is information regarding running competitions across Europe. At the end, the calendar contains a certificate for the Runner of the Year!

Der Achilles Laufkalender 2016
By Achim Achilles
Published by Heyne (

::: The Austrian Culture Channel on Twitter: @accthomas

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