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    Forgotten Fatherland: The Search for Elisabeth Nietzsche (Paperback) By (author) Ben Macintyre


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    DescriptionIn 1886 Elisabeth Nietzsche, Friedrich's bigoted, imperious sister, founded a 'racially pure' colony in Paraguay together with a band of blond-haired fellow Germans. Over a century later, Ben Macintyre sought out the survivors of Nueva Germania to discover the remains of this bizarre colony. Forgotten Fatherland vividly recounts his arduous adventure locating the survivors, while also tracing the colorful history of Elisabeth's return to Europe, where she inspired the mythical cult of her brother's philosophy and later became a mentor to Hitler. Brilliantly researched and mordantly funny, this is an illuminating portrait of a forgotten people and of a woman whose deep influence on the twentieth century can only now be fully understood.

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  • Promising, but lacks where it matters3

    Matthew Tones The book is no academic work and does not pretend to be, written by a journalist in a journalistic fashion.
    The author has done a very good job to present the history of Paraguay and a smattering of discussion regarding Nietzsche's philosophy.
    The breadth of the work certainly warrants merit and fills in important details of academia otherwise lacking.

    My one major criticism of the work concerns the actual colony itself. If we remove the above mentioned discussions then the colony, the primary topic of the book, occupies less than 1/6th of the work. by Matthew Tones

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