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Adenauer: The Father of the New Germany

ISBN: 978-0-471-40737-9
608 pages
January 2001
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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)

THE LAST GREAT FRENCHMAN

"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)
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Table of Contents

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS viii

PREFACE x

PART ONE: The Kaiser’s Germany

1 COLOGNE: 1876 3

2 ‘GAUDEAMUS IGITUR JUVENES DUM SUMUS’ 15

3 THE END OF YOUTH 31

4 THE LADDER OF AMBITION 45

5 A TIME OF TRAGEDY 60

6 THE MANAGEMENT OF DEFEAT 75

PART TWO: Weimar Germany

1 THE AFTERMATH OF WAR 95

2 LIFE HAS TO GO ON 111

3 THE REPARATIONS CR I S I S 126

4 1923 140

5 COLOGNE I S FREE! 157

6 THE PRIVATE AND PUBLIC MAYOR 172

7 DUBIOUS MANOEUVRES 186

8 CONFRONTATION 203

PART THREE: Hitler’s Germany

1 DESCENT INTO DARKNESS 215

2 THEY START TO CLOSE IN 229

3 HE NO LONGER MATTERS 241

4 KEEPING OUT OF TROUBLE 253

5 A QUIET WAR 266

6 ‘THE WAR I S OVER! ’ 276

PART FOUR: Adenauer’s Germany

1 SACKED BY THE BRITISH 293

2 ANOTHER POLITICAL BIRTH – ANOTHER PERSONAL DEATH 307

3 THE BEGINNINGS OF THE NEW GERMANY 323

4 THE FEDERAL CHANCELLOR 344

5 BUILDING EUROPE – AND FACING THE BEAR 362

6 AT HOME AND AT WORK 380

7 POLITICS IS AN ART – NOT A SCIENCE 392

8 WHERE DOES GERMANY STAND? 410

9 CAN ANYONE BE TRUSTED? 424

10 ENTER THE GENERAL 446

11 KHRUSHCHEV’ S CHALLENGE 465

12 THREATS AND COUNTER-THREATS 486

13 FROM TRIUMPH TO DISMISSAL 503

14 FINALE 524

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS 539

SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY 542

NOTES 546

INDEX 570

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Author Information

Charles Williams, Lord Williams of El-vel, has enjoyed a distinguished political career,becomingaLabour Life Peer in 1985beforebeingelected Deputy Leader of the Opposition in 1989. He is theauthor oftwo brilliantly received biographies, The Last Great Frenchman and Bradman.
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