One for the Road: The Spirit of Berlin

We’re looking at new May releases all this week at One for the Road, and I’m guessing this one weighs more than any other we will mention. So this is really one for the road that you should actually leave at home.

The design team at Cologne-based TASCHEN has just released a hefty photo montage of Germany’s capital city. The Spirit of Berlin: A Photographic History Into the City’s History is just that — a collection of almost 700 images from 1860 to present day that captures the soul of Berlin, a city that has survived devastating destruction and now thrives as a center of European business and culture.

The 672 page book (!!) is an impressive compilation of images that visually tells the story of Berlin and its inhabitants. Author Hans Christian Adam viewed over 10,000 images — including maps, portraits and aerial photos — while assembling this comprehensive pictorial history. Pick up a copy to see which ones made the cut in this tribute tome to a grand city.