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Adenauer : the father of the new Germany
Williams, Charles, 1933-
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New York : Wiley, [2000]

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x, 584 pages, 14 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
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Critical Acclaim for ADENAUER

"A gripping narrative . . . brings to life an intriguing historical figure . . . an enthralling perspective on the processes that shaped the postwar world." --Daily Telegraph (London)

"Charts the ironies of Adenauer's complicated life. This is the story of a marathon man, but it is narrated at the pace of a sprinter and with the elegance of a hurdler."--The Times (London)

"Lucid and engaging. This is a well-researched and elegantly written volume which deserves a wider readership than the purely political."--The Herald (Glasgow)

"A highly readable, thoroughly reliable, intelligently critical life-and-times. . . . This portrait does justice to a man who is often invoked as a prophet of a United States of Europe, but who was in truth the greatest of German patriots."--Literary Review (London)

"Well-researched and admirably written . . . reveals Adenauer the man--with all his authority and strength, his persistence and endurance, and his streak of ruthlessness and political cunning."--The Independent (London)


"Knowledgeable, lucid . . . the best English biography of de Gaulle."--The New York Times Book Review

"Charles Williams has matched a great subject by something near to a great book."--Daily Telegraph (London)

Author Notes

Charles Williams, Lord Williams of Elvel, has enjoyed a distinguished political career, becoming a Labour Life Peer in 1985 before being elected Deputy Leader of the Opposition in 1989

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsp. viii
Prefacep. x
Part 1 The Kaiser's Germany
1 Cologne: 1876p. 3
2 'Gaudeamus Igitur Juvenes Dum Sumus'p. 15
3 The End of Youthp. 31
4 The Ladder of Ambitionp. 45
5 A Time of Tragedyp. 60
6 The Management of Defeatp. 75
Part 2 Weimar Germany
1 The Aftermath of Warp. 95
2 Life Has to Go Onp. 111
3 The Reparations Crisisp. 126
4 1923p. 140
5 Cologne Is Free!p. 157
6 The Private and Public Mayorp. 172
7 Dubious Manoeuvresp. 186
8 Confrontationp. 203
Part 3 Hitler's Germany
1 Descent into Darknessp. 215
2 They Start to Close Inp. 229
3 He No Longer Mattersp. 241
4 Keeping Out of Troublep. 253
5 A Quiet Warp. 266
6 'The War Is Over!'p. 276
Part 4 Adenauer's Germany
1 Sacked by the Britishp. 293
2 Another Political Birth--Another Personal Deathp. 307
3 The Beginnings of the New Germanyp. 323
4 The Federal Chancellorp. 344
5 Building Europe--And Facing the Bearp. 362
6 At Home and at Workp. 380
7 Politics Is an Art--Not a Sciencep. 392
8 Where Does Germany Stand?p. 410
9 Can Anyone Be Trusted?p. 424
10 Enter the Generalp. 446
11 Khrushchev's Challengep. 465
12 Threats and Counter-threatsp. 486
13 From Triumph to Dismissalp. 503
14 Finalep. 524
Acknowledgmentsp. 539
Select Bibliographyp. 542
Notesp. 546
Indexp. 570