Verrückt is the German word for crazy, mad, insane, lunatic, nuts, wacky, and so on. It describes a majority of the German population.
This country has some of the highest taxes on the planet...and many want—yes, want—them to be higher. Many feel guilty about being so well off, when so many earn less at home or are suffering around the world. Two major political parties, which could form the governing coalition following the next election, campaign on the promise to raise taxes. Some feel that all income should be given to the government, so that they can redistribute it equally. People will be allowed to earn high salaries: they just can’t keep the money.
Of course, politicians do not mention that they enjoy generous expense accounts, large chauffer-driven cars and much higher pensions, for which they have not paid one cent. Equality does have its limits, even for crazy Germans.
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.