The Xenophobe's Guide to the Germans 4th Ed.

Benjamin Nicholaus Oliver Xaver Barkow, Stefan Zeidenitz

Publisher: Oval, 2005, 63 pages

ISBN: 1-902825-29-2

Keywords: Culture

Last modified: Dec. 11, 2007, 3:12 p.m.

Xenophobia — an irrational fear of foreigners, probably justified, always understandable.

Xenophobe's® Guides — an irreverent look at the beliefs and foibles of nations, almost guaranteed to cure Xenophobia.

'Virtually all Germans have health problems, and if they don't, there must be something wrong with them.

Most of what ails them is stress related. No nation was ever more stressed, but this is understandable. After all, running Europe can take it out of you.'

Xenophobe's® Motto —

Forewarned is forearmed.

  • Nationalism and Identity
  • Character
  • Beliefs and Values
  • Behaviour
  • Manners
  • Obsessions
  • Leisure and Pleasure
  • Sense of Humour
  • Culture
  • Custom and Tradition
  • Eating and Drinking
  • Health and Hygiene
  • Systems
  • Government
  • Crime and Punishment
  • Business
  • Language and Ideas


The Xenophobe's Guide to the Germans

Reviewed by Roland Buresund

Mediocre **** (4 out of 10)

Last modified: Dec. 11, 2007, 3:12 p.m.

It is hard to describe a big country and its inhabitants in only 63 pages, and this book fails in this.

What is left is some anecdotes, that even fails to be particularly funny.


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