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Best of the winter bookshelf

Now is the time to exchange Christmas vouchers for interesting books. The Austrian Times has investigated to compile a list of some of the best recent releases in German-speaking Europe.

"Politik der Angst" is a brilliant analysis of the political, economic and sociological consequences of the terror attacks of 11 September 2001. Peter Fritz reviews how the leaders of the most powerful states in the world reacted to the dramatic incidents. Fritz is one of the most experienced foreign correspondents of national broadcaster ORF. He covered the United States for the station for many years before taking over as head of the channel’s office in German capital Berlin in 2007.

Politik der Angst. 9/11 und die Folgen.
By Peter Fritz
Published by Residenz Verlag (www.residenzverlag.at)

Two fantastic travel guides for Hungary are now out by Germany’s Reise Know-How Verlag publishing house. Mirko Kaupat’s guide convinces travellers by giving an excellent overview about the sights and must-dos of the beautiful country which borders Austria in the east. Arpar Bari’s "Kulturschock Ungarn" has more of an essayistic approach. It describes the mind and mentality of the country and its people, describes traditions and explains religious and gender complexities.

Ungarn
By Mirko Kaupat
Published by Reise Know-How Verlag (www.reise-know-how.de)

Kulturschock Ungarn
By Arpad Bari
Published by Reise Know-How Verlag (www.reise-know-how.de)

Celebrated TV entertainer and comedian Christoph Grissemann has teamed up with his father Ernst to compile a collection of remarkable stories about Christmas. "Klappe, Santa!" features tales and anecdotes by famous writers like Bertold Brecht and Karl Valentin – but also a letter to the editor about Xmas filed to British tabloid "The Sun". Christoph Grissemann is best known for his collaborations with German satirist Dirk Stermann. The duo produce popular television and radio shows but also perform on stage in sold-out theatres and concert halls across Austria and Germany. Ernst Grissemann is a household name to fans of Austrian radio. He developed programmes for pop station Ö1 and culture programme Ö1.

Klappe, Santa!
By Christoph & Ernst Grissemann
Published by Residenz Verlag (www.residenzverlag.at)

Renowned journalists Angelika and Michael Horowitz met Austrian celebrities in their favourite restaurants to discuss culinary issues but also sociological topics and issues of daily life. Their book "Tischgespräche" offers a great insight into Austrian eating traditions and what the country’s theatre and literature stars think about them. Popular actors like Christiane Hörbiger and Klaus Maria Brandauer offer intimate secrets about their approach to domestic and international cuisine, Austrian waiters’ behaviour, bad memories and first class meals.

Tischgespräche
By Michael and Angelika Horowitz
Published by Amalthea (www.amalthea.at)

Udo Proksch was one of Austria’s most controversial personalities of the 1970s and 1980s. Ingrid Thurnher – an award-winning TV anchorwoman – has followed his traces to find out how this Viennese entrepreneur, seducer and convicted criminal managed to influence, beguile and betray some of the country’s top-tier decision-makers. "Auf den Spuren des Udo Proksch" examines Proksch’s childhood, his first business endeavours – and how it all went terribly wrong in the end.

Auf den Spuren des Udo Proksch
By Ingrid Thurnher
Published by Ecowin Verlag (www.ecowin.at)

Werner Felten headed Metropol FM, the first Turkish radio station in Germany, for eight years. Now he has written a book about his experiences. Felten describes the differences between German and Turkish mentalities and how his fellow countrymen reacted to his professional environment. His book "Allein unter Türken" is an important contribution to the intense immigration debate in Germany and Austria.

Allein unter Türken. Mittendrin statt von oben herab.
By Werner Felten
Published by Südwest (www.suedwest-verlag.de)

Historian Johannes Sachslehner looks back on places where Austrian sports history was written. "Schicksalsorte des Sports" deals with dramatic skiing races, memorable football matches and tragic car racing challenges. Sachlehner has a great feeling for the atmosphere of the era in which the headline-hitting events he writes about happened. Sport icons like Hans Krankl, Hermann Maier and Jochen Rindt are featured in his new book.

Schicksalsorte des Sports
By Johannes Sachslehner
Published by Styria Premium (www.styriabooks.at)

Jürgen Brater has garnered amusing and bizarre information about various global occurrences to publish several successful books. His latest work, called "Keine Ahnung, aber davon viel" lists how alleged experts of their field were wrong in their forecasts and predictions about future developments. He reveals which American inventor did not believe in the future of radio broadcasting and who claimed in 1998 that printed newspapers would die out within two years’ time.

Keine Ahnung, aber davon viel
By Jürgen Brater
Published by Ullstein (www.ullsteinbuchverlage.de)

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