Frederick Taylor's much praised magisterial history of the Berlin Wall, originally published by Bloomsbury in 2006, and sold in fourteen languages, was finally published in German last week. Struggling through snowstorms, closed airports, six hour queues and dense fog to meet his Berlin interviewers, the bi-lingual historian was universally praised:
' a thrilling, great and worthy book for the anniversary year of the fall of the Wall'
' the British historian Frederick Taylor has written a standard work on the Berlin Wall - as gripping as a thriller'
For a British historian to elicit such praise from a highbrow German press, of Germany's own recent history is remarkable.