By Karin Wieland,Shelley Frisch
A Boston Globe most sensible booklet of 2015
A Washington Post extraordinary Nonfiction choose of 2015
Magisterial in scope, this twin biography examines advanced lives that all started alike yet ended on contrary aspects of the century’s maximum conflict.
Marlene Dietrich and Leni Riefenstahl, born lower than a 12 months aside, lived so with regards to one another that Riefenstahl may see into Dietrich’s Berlin condo. Coming of age on the sunrise of the Weimar Republic, either sought status in Germany’s burgeoning movie undefined. whereas Dietrich’s depiction of Lola-Lola in The Blue Angel catapulted her to Hollywood stardom, Riefenstahl—who ignored out at the part—insinuated herself into Hitler’s internal circle to direct groundbreaking if notorious Nazi propaganda motion pictures, like Triumph of the Will. Dietrich, who toured tirelessly with the USO, might by no means actually cross domestic back; Riefenstahl may possibly by no means shake her Nazi earlier. Acclaimed German historian Karin Wieland examines those lives in the vicious crosscurrents of a turbulent century, evoking piercing insights into "the smooth era’s so much tough questions, approximately phantasm and mass intoxication, paintings and fact, braveness and capitulation" (New Yorker).
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