The Austrian-Jewish writer Joseph Roth, primarily known as a novelist and author of The Radetzky March, was also an essayist. Indeed, living in a Weimar Berlin rich in daily newspapers, Roth was the best-paid and arguably most-read essayist in the city. Though he traveled throughout Europe and reported back to Berlin, his finest essays may have been about that city itself. What I Saw, the first collection of his journalism to appear in English -- in an excellent translation by [Michael Hofmann] -- is a reminder of just how multifaceted a writer he was.