I loved this book. Berlin is a city that has always had a strong hold on my imagination. I finally managed to visit recently and was not disappointed in its noir atmosphere and contrasting neighbourhoods. This book takes us through the history of Berlin from its origins in medieval times to the present day. Each chapter is the story of someone. You see the city as they see it. I particularly enjoyed the Berlin of the 20s and 30s before the War, the Berlin of Cabaret and Isherwood. MacLean writes very well with great sensitivity. Berlin is dark, tragic and brooding. I very much recommend you read this.