John Kampfner is an award-winning author, broadcaster and foreign-affairs commentator. He began his career reporting from East Berlin (during the fall of the Wall) and Moscow (during the collapse of communism) for the Telegraph. After covering British politics for the Financial Times and BBC, he edited the New Statesman. He is a regular TV and radio pundit, documentary maker and author of five previous books, including the bestselling Blair's Wars.
Germany's success in tackling the great pandemic of 2020 has surprised many. John Kampfner shows why it should not have done so. This is a compelling account of how, in two generations, a country adopted the principles of liberal democracy, then mastered them, and now has more to teach us than we might wish to admit * Baroness Catherine Ashton, former EU High Representative and former Leader of the House of Lords * A fascinating, affectionate and deeply researched portrait of Germany in the modern era -- Kampfner vividly brings Germany's turbulent history to life, and explains its profound influence on Europe today. Why The Germans Do It Better is essential for all who want to understand what Britain should do post-Brexit. * Sir Anthony Seldon, author of May at 10 * There is plenty of good material here and the timing is impeccable. * TLS * Kampfner roams widely in Germany and has a reporter's ear for the telling anecdote. He knows his history too. * Lionel Barber, The Spectator * One of Britain's most distinguished political writers. * Mail on Sunday * Kampfner's admiration of what post-war Germany has achieved doesn't blind him to her imperfections. Why the Germans Do It Better abounds with sharp analysis and telling anecdotes. A lively, very readable introduction to a country we ought to understand a lot better than we do. * David Lidington * We need a great book on Germany as the Merkel era ends: this is that book. It confronts the country's history, and charts with authority and affection its modern course with lessons for us all. * Lyse Doucet, BBC Chief International Correspondent * A forensic and highly readable account of Germany's ability to get things right. Kampfner's clear and unanswerable argument should be compulsory reading for every politician, civil servant and commentator in Britain. * John Simpson * Smart, provocative and entertaining, this is a timely and enthralling love letter to our much misunderstood near neighbour. * Kay Burley * A well-argued case for learning from our German cousins. * Prospect * Passionate yet carefully argued, Why The Germans Do It Better is a must-read. * James Hawes, author of The Shortest History of Germany * A lively, affectionate portrait... A paeon to Germany. * Irish Times * Authoritative, timely and courageous, this is a compellingly readable book that raises profoundly important questions on history, our times and the future. * Philippe Sands, bestselling author of East West Street and The Ratline * A nuanced but compelling account... Kampfner marshals a convincing argument that other countries would be foolish to ignore Germany's emotional maturity and solidity. * New Statesman * A revelation of a book... with insights based on painstaking research and evidence gleaned from months crisscrossing the country... Kampfner's analysis is simply peerless. * Literary Review * Highly readable and well-informed... [Kampfner] mixes historical sweep with vivid reporting to celebrate Germany's strengths and achievements. * Financial Times * A rich guide to modern Germany... For the British readers this book is directed at, the implied contrasts are startling. German conservatism produced Angela Merkel, easily the most respected democratic leader in the world, while the English variety produced Boris Johnson. * Guardian * A fine new book... One of the best English-language introductions in recent years to modern Germany and its politics: thoughtful, deeply reported and impeccably even-handed. * The Times * Excellent and provocative... a passionate, timely book. * Sunday Times *