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Hans-Dieter Otto
Biography by Hans-Dieter Otto
Hans-Dieter Otto, born in 1937 in Berlin, is an attorney and non-fiction author. His »Dictionary of Legal Errors«, published in 2003, became a bestseller and received media attention on television and radio. But the author’s great passion was and remains history, and Thorbecke has already published several historical non-fiction titles of his. Hans-Dieter Ottos books have also been translated into foreign languages.
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Unser König ist wahnsinnig! 
Hans-Dieter Otto
Our King is Crazy!
Mad Rulers from Caligula to Ludwig II

In drawings or paintings of »insane asylums« from earlier centuries we can see how chained, mentally deranged prisoners were held like animals under the supervision of »taskmasters« in inhumane conditions. With contorted faces and wide open or rolled eyes, they vegetate apathetically, a gruesome vision of abject misery that isn’t easily forgotten. Everywhere in the world and at the most diverse times there have been mentally ill people, from antiquity until modernity. Some of them were famous and powerful rulers – often with fatal consequences for their subjects.

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Für Einigkeit und Recht und Freiheit 
Hans-Dieter Otto
For Unity, Justice and Freedom
The German Wars of Liberation against Napoleon, 1806-1815

In this absorbing book, Hans-Dieter Otto draws a succinct picture of an era that is one of the most dramatic in German history.

Readers experience as if they were transported back in time how Prussia gained a national identity through common hatred of the oppressor, despair over the hardships of the time and, above all, through a spiritual and political self-renewal.

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»Nach uns die Sintflut« 
Hans-Dieter Otto
“After Us, the Deluge”
Courtly Life in the Age of Absolutism

The pomp, intrigue and outrageous luxury that characterized the courts in the time of absolutism are legendary, above all the fantastic court of Louis XIV at Versailles. Hans-Die ter Otto reports on the dazzling court life built around mistresses and ladies-in-waiting, fashion and masquerade balls, adventurers and charlatans, gamblers and masters of ceremony.

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Verblüffende Siege 
Hans-Dieter Otto
Astonishing Victories
The Greatest Surprise Coups in Military History

There have been military conflicts with astonishing results, battles won against all odds by the “underdogs”, from the centuries before the Christian era into the twentieth century. Just as in antiquity the Persians, led by their kings Xerxes and Darius, were not able to conquer the Greeks in spite of their enormous advantages in numbers, materials and military might, neither the French in 1954 nor the Americans in the 1960s were able to steer the course of the Vietnam War in their favor.

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