INVENTING THE CHRISTMAS TREE
USA/UK: Yale University Press (translated by Benjamin E. Smith), Germany: Insel/Suhrkamp, Norway: Juritzen, Russia: Text Publishers
"A short and entertaining new history"
Michael Tortorello, The New York Times
"Mr. Brunner meanders pleasantly through the many manifestations of the tradition over the centuries... Do we ultimately know who "invented" the Christmas tree, and where? Not really. And Bernd Brunner is happy not to know, celebrating the Christmas tree as a mystery and, as such, in perfect keeping with the holiday it symbolizes."
Eric Felten, The Wall Street Journal
"Brunner is a deft guide. ... The German cultural historian understands the aetiology of collective thought. ... As well as delighting the enthusiast, this attractively produced little book might prove soothing to the less festively inclined as well."
Josh Raymond, Times Literary Supplement
"Inventing the Christmas Tree includes everything you might want to know about the famous fir." Craig Wilson, USA Today
"A slender but fascinating book on the Christmas tree ... In wry tones, playing with cultural and scientific contexts, he lays out the provenance the festive tree and its first appearances."
Philip Hoare, The Guardian
"A charming gift book that should find a place under many a tree this year."
Carl Wilkinson, Financial Times
"How, why, and when the tree found its way from the forest to the house is explained by Bernd Brunner in his entertaining book. From a Christmas tree holder that plays Christmas songs all the way to the top, all the facets of the tree are examined." Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
"A compact and wonderful cultural history. ... A book brimming with information." Die Welt
"Packed with marvelous research and intriguing illustrations….After reading this inventive cultural history, you'll never look at a Christmas tree the same way again." Julie Salamon, author of The Christmas Tree
"The most comprehensive, enlightening book on this endearing holiday symbol ever written." Bob Eckstein, author of The History of the Snowman