Originally Posted by Crash Davis
This looks pretty comprehensive. The no frills, textbook angle...including the textbook price. This appears to be the best bet to cover all of the participants in Europe rather than solely Germany. I'll look to use this as a complement to Rise & Fall. Thanks.
Kitchen is pretty dry, but will give you an overview. Might help you narrow your focus. And again, it's strictly European, if that's what you're interested in.
We also read Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell, and The New Architecture and the Bauhaus by Walter Gropius. Also a biography of Hitler.
My professor started all his classes with novel, and we read Mrs. Dalloway for this class. Kind of a fun way to start a class.
If you're interested in social/cultural American history, consider these:
Terrible Honesty by Ann Douglas. and The Damned and the Beautiful by Paula Fass.
And the literature of the period provides some great stuff to read too.