The Federal Republic has made an astonishing recovery from the rubble of war to build up one of the world's strongest economies, yet in political terms it remains hopelessly weakened by the legacy of Hitler. This is a paradox that creates dangerous tensions. This is an account of economic decline and spiritual renaissance. After carrying out more than 200 interviews with Germans of all walks of life, David Marsh penetrates the veil surrounding a well-ordered but vulnerable society whose people remain curiously shorn of self-confidence and beset by anxiety. David Marsh was awarded the Anglo German Foundation's annual journalism prize.