Books: My wishlist

Soon it will be Christmas. And Hanukkah. And my birthday. National holidays, anniversaries of revolutions, my graduation, plus many more events worthy of celebration. Or maybe you want to show your appreciation for the work I put into this blog or for some legal advice I have given you. Plenty of occasions for you to scratch your head and wonder what to get me as a present that will make me truly happy. But it’s so easy: Cigars or books. Cigars are easier but some of you might be opposed to smoking, even at the very moderate level at which I enjoy it, and might thus prefer to contribute to my intellectual stimulation. For you, I have put together a list of a few books that I am currently interested in:

For my stay in Eastern Europe:the-dice-man

For my move to South America:

About the Middle East:

On writing and journalism:

On travel:

Non-fiction:

Fiction:

My address in Romania: Andreas Moser; Bulevardul 1848 nr. 85 apt. 16; 540385 Targu Mures; Romania.  – Thank you very much in advance! Oh, and I don’t read any e-books, but I am absolutely happy about used books, even very used ones. – One more tip: If you have an Amazon account from outside Europe, it may be easier/cheaper/faster to log in on Amazon UK (you can use the same login details). This would also prevent that the books are held at customs.

(Natürlich habe ich auch eine deutschsprachige Wunschliste.)

54 Responses to Books: My wishlist

  1. alex drehmann says:

    servus andrew,
    wieso bist auf facebook verschwunden??
    gruss
    alex

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  3. jlheuer says:

    Very heavy reading, but books are always great gifts ( this from an ex-librarian). Can you get those non-fiction title in German?

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  10. Kenny says:

    I can’t believe that someone, anyone, has drawn up a book list & there’s only one on there that I’ve read! (The Dice Man – years ago)

    I was involved in a book club through my work a few years ago & one of the people organising it once asked me if I read all the time when I wasn’t working. I said they had it the wrong way round – I came in and did some work sometimes when I wasn’t reading!

    Btw if you don’t have a Kindle you ought to give it a go – I wasn’t sure if I would like it but I’m a bit of a Kindle convert now – it’s so convenient to buy books, & the newer Kindles are small enough to carry around inside your jacket pocket.

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  17. Ryan says:

    Have you read ‘The last escape’ by John Nichol and Tony Rennel? It’s about WW2 Prisoners of war in Germany and it’s one of my favourite books. I think you’ll like it :) though it is very sad.

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  19. MsAidyl says:

    This is a great idea. if I can lay my hands on any of these I’ll definitely be sending them your way!
    I’m bookmarking this lol.
    Good luck. some of my favourite gifts are books too. Check out my fave reads here http://artbecomesyou.com/2013/01/03/10-books-ive-read-and-would-read-again/

    cheers!

  20. @thelepathy says:

    Vielen Dank für die wirklich interessanten Blogbeiträge aus aller Herren Länder, Herr Moser!

    Allerdings wundert mich der ungesundene Bias, den sie zum Thema Israel/Palästina an den Tag legen, nicht, wenn ich bereits an fünfter Position Ihrer Bücher-Wunschliste das Plagiat “The Case For Israel” vom Folter-Advokaten Alan Dershowitz entdecke.
    Immerhin kann man der Lektüre dieses Bestsellers auch gleich für sich in Anspruch nehmen, Joan Peters’ Hoax “From Time Immemorial” gelesen zu haben. Ein Buch, in dem sie (fälschlicherweise) behauptet, das ehemalige britische Protektorat Palästina sei im Großen und Ganzen ein Land ohne (muslimische) Einwohner gewesen.
    Legen Sie Ihre Vorurteile gegenüber der palästinensischen Seite besser ab, und lesen Sie ernsthafte Bücher zur Thematik, wie z.B. Norman Finkelstein’s “Image and Reality of the Israel-Palestine Conflict”. Insbesondere aber sein Buch “Beyond Chutzpah” (alternativ die Finkelstein-Dershowitz-Debatte bei Democracy Now) sollte helfen, schlechte Kopien einer Geschichtsklitterung sachlich und fundiert zu demontieren.

    Für die Zeit im ehemaligen Ostblock würde ich Ihnen “Sex, Drugs and Libel in the New Russia” von Mark Ames und Matt Taibbi empfehlen. Die ideale Lektüre für Expats.
    Taibbi hat übrigens auch einen ganz witzigen Beitrag zu Broadwell’s Petraeus-Blowjob “All In” geschrieben.

    http://www.vanityfair.com/culture/features/2010/02/exile-201002

    • Ich weiß nicht, wie ein Buch, das ich noch nicht gelesen habe, meine Meinung beeinflussen kann. Aber wie der Zufall es will, habe ich heute “The Case for Israel” von einer Leserin übersandt bekommen, so daß ich es in den nächsten Monaten lesen werde.
      Vielen Dank für die anderen Empfehlungen!

      Grundsätzlich glaube ich jedoch, daß die Bücher, die wir lesen, uns weniger beeinflussen als gemeinhin angenommen. Insbesondere im fortgeschrittenen Lebensalter halte ich mein Weltbild für auf breiterer Basis stehend, als daß ein Autor oder ein Buch es komplett auf den Kopf stellen könnten.

      Abgesehen davon, daß ich in meinem Blog noch keine Vorurteile gegenüber Palästinensern entdeckt habe, halte ich nichts davon, eine grundsätzliche Diskussion über Israel und Palästina unabhängig von spezifischen Fragen zu diskutieren. Schließlich diskutiere ich auch nicht grundsätzlich, ob ich Deutschland oder Dänemark sympathischer finde. Ich sehe bei solchen Fragen keinen Grund, mich zu 100% auf eine Seite zu schlagen – und verdächtige konsequenterwese alle, die dies tun, der Oberflächlichkeit.

  21. @thelepathy says:

    Ich denke, dass ich genug anerkannte Autoren (Morris, Segev, Maoz, Pappe, Finkelstein, Beinart…) zu dem Thema gelesen habe, um mit klarem Blick die Gründe für eine jahrzehntelange Stagnation der Friedensbemühungen in Israel/Palästina identifizieren zu können. Eine Parteinahme will ich, wenn überhaupt, nur im Sinne des Friedens in Anspruch nehmen.

    Die Narrative, welche Sie in Ihren meines Erachtens sogar äusserst parteiischen ( = pro-israelischen) Beiträgen repetieren, dienen der Festigung der israelischen Okkupation, dem Landraub und Ausbau illegaler Siedlungen in der Westbank, der Ausbeutung palästinensischer Ressourcen, massiv gefördert durch die USA und Europa, welche damit auch nicht als “honest broker” in einem wie auch immer gearteten Friedensprozess gelten können.
    Es ist auch im Sinne der Israelis (und damit pro-israelisch), diesen Prozess einer “creeping annexation” (und zunehmenden Unmöglichmachung einer Zweistaaten-Lösung) zu beenden und die advisory opinion des ICJ von 2004 anzuerkennen: Ost-Jerusalem, Gaza und die Westbank sind besetzte palästinensische Gebiete. Israel hat keinen Titel auf dieses Land.

    Sie schreiben:
    “Die Unterstützung dieses Landes, dieses einzigen Brückenkopfes westlicher Zivilisation und abendländischer Werte in der gefährlichsten Region der Welt soll “überproportional” sein?”

    Ich antworte Ihnen mit Chomsky:
    “The U.S. should stop at once supporting any Israeli action in the occupied territories.”

    Quelle: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O5F3GBihGMM

    Sollten Sie “Beyond Chutzpah” tatsächlich als Vergleichstitel zu “A Case For Israel” lesen, bin ich ganz zuversichtlich, dass Sie positiv überrascht werden von Finkelstein.

  22. Javier says:

    The House Of The Scorpion by Nancy Farmer
    Candor by Pam Bachorz
    Immortal Technique: Rapper/Activist
    ^ You mind find those books and the rapper interesting i would suggest you checking them out!
    I just found you blog but i love it, im just 15 but i hope that one day i can travel the world like you!
    “The purpose of life is a life with a purpose
    So I’d rather die for a cause than live a life that is worthless”
    —Immortal Technique

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  25. Quinn Bradford says:

    Hello,
    I appreciate what you have posted about living in Germany or trying to at least. I just had a couple of questions, but before I ask anything I wanted to know if the books you wanted on the list are up to date. I don’t want to get you something you already have.

    Thanks Quinn

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  28. capslock says:

    You don’t read much written by women! :P

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  31. Vedo says:

    Hi, how does this work? I would like to help you get one of those books in exchange of your german immigration knowledge..
    But how do i do this?

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  33. Shammaz says:

    Dear Sir hope you are fine and enjoying your life.
    I have a question and i hope i am not disturbing you.I am an international student from Pakistan in Germany.I have read in your website that after 8 years of residency German passport can no longer be denied.My question is that is my study duration is also included in that 8 years?
    for example if i live 3 years on my bachelor degree and 5 more years then it will count 5 years or eight?
    i will really apritiate if you help me out in this
    thanks in advance

  34. Raul says:

    Dear Andreas Moser,
    I was searching for some divorce laws in Germany and came across your blog. I am really impressed by you as a person and I really enjoyed reading your blog which was full of fun facts and information. I have a question regarding filling a divorce. Me and my wife are Indians and living in Germany for the past 6 years. We came to Germany for doctoral studies, which we finished recently. We got married 4 years ago and things did not work out so we are looking for filling a divorce, mutually. We have been living separate from each other for about an year now. We got married by Indian Hindu marriage act and have no other issues such as kids or alimony. Its a mutual decision without any complications. I know that if we want to file a divorce from India we both have to go to India, which we both would like to avoid. We want to have a divorce in Germany. I read the FAQ written by you which was very informative and prompted me to contact you. I was just wondering how expensive it would be for us to get a divorce in Germany (approximately). I tried to send you your book Tatiana via Amazon, so that you might reply me :-) somehow my amazon account says that it can not deliver it. but I will try sending it again. Thanks a lot for lots of very crisp and clear information to help out people like us. Would be waiting for your reply.

    • I’ll be happy to tell you how much a divorce in Germany would cost you, but I would need to know both your monthly income for that. The court and lawyer’s fees are based on that.

      Let’s hope the book order goes through, and then once I receive it, I’ll be happy to do the calculation of the fees. I could then also tell you if you might qualify for legal aid.

  35. Patricia Gwala says:

    Hi Andreas, im not married- i have a son with a german citizen.i need to register my son with the german consulate and get his german passport, problem is my unabridged birth certificate is in my mom’s surname and all my documents are in my fathers surname(passport,Identity document,qualifications and so on) do you maybe know what would the german embassy/consulate require from me when i submit the passport application with different surnames?

    kind regards
    Trish

    • Because you are making this comment on my wishlist of books, you have already come very close to me answering your question. Now I am just waiting for the book. Thank you in advance!

  36. L. says:

    Hi Andreas,

    I emailed you on Feb 11th and send you the book “Shah of Shahs” the same day. I was wondering if you have received my email and also book as i have not received any reply from you yet.

    Best Regards,

    • Sorry, I have not received the book yet. :(
      If it will arrive this or next week, I will only get it on 23 March because I am in Israel until then.

      • L. says:

        Thanks for letting me know. Amazon says tracking is not possible, however the delivery estimate is mentioned as Monday, 23 February 2015 :(
        I will check this.

      • L. says:

        The order was shipped via ASENDIA, and is lost in transit.
        The estimated delivery date for the replaced order is Thursday, 19 March 2015 – Monday, 23 March 2015. So it should arrived on time :-)

      • Ok, that’s great news, thank you!

      • L. says:

        Hallo, any news regarding the book? :-(

      • Yes, I have received the “Shah of Shahs” already, thank you very much!

        I am traveling in Hungary until 23 April, I hope to find time to reply to your question as soon as I return from that trip.

      • L. says:

        ok, great! Thanks.

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