"Offers an intellectually stimulating, rigorously analyzed, and historically extremely well-informed study of the politics of consumption and violence in postwar Germany."
--Rocky Mountain Review of Language and Literature
— Julia Khrebtan-Horhager, Rocky Mountain Review of Language and Literature
“Develops a completely new and convincing approach for our understanding of protest movements from the 1960s onward. By linking the movements with the development of consumer society, we see them as reactions to societal developments beyond the political sphere rather than as individual aberrations . . . In its originality of approach, sources, in-depth-analysis and writing, a brilliant book.”
—Detlef Siegfried, University of Copenhagen
"What to do when alternative consumerism begets its own gravediggers? Sedlmaier’s book offers a fascinating guide to a half-century of this dilemma, while leaving questions that remain necessarily unanswered."
--Central European History
— Quinn Slobodian, Central European History
"Consumption and Violence is a fascinating read for every scholar interested in left-wing counterculture, the history of West German postwar society and new approaches to the history of consumption."
— Benjamin Mockel, German History
"Makes a significant contribution to our understanding of the political battles over consumption in modern history, and more specifically of the role of Marxist ideas and revolutionary action in the 1960s and 1970s, just as the era of post-war ‘affluence’ was reaching its end."
--European History Quarterly
— Frank Trentmann, European History Quarterly
"A stimulating and thought-provoking monograph. It is also a great addition to this new historiographic endeavour to open up the 1960s German radical protest to new historical assessment."
— Explosive Politics