Born in 1913 to poor working-class parents, Willy Brandt was involved in socialist politics from an early age. By 1933 he was an active anti-Nazi, so that at 19 he had to flee Germany for Denmark and Norway. He was to remain outside Germany for the next 18 years, involved in the resistance and as a radical journalist all that time. For his troubles he was stripped of his German nationality in 1938; it was only returned to him in 1948. And yet within a year he was a deputy for Berlin in the first German Bundestage. From then on his rise was rapid, and in 1970 he was made Chancellor and awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1971. Now in his seventies he is still a tireless internationalist. The historic events of 1989 were the culmination of a political career dedicated to bringing East and West together. This book chronicles the life of Willy Brandt, the former Chancellor of West Germany.
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West German statesman Brandt came to prominence after WW II as mayor of Berlin. He was elected chairman of the German Social Democratic Party in 1964, was appointed foreign minister in Kurt Kiesinger's coalition government in '66 and became chancellor of the Federal Republic in '69. Brandt initiated a policy of conciliation with Eastern European countries, signing the Warsaw-Moscow Treaties in 1970, for which he received the Nobel Peace Prize the following year. ("To have helped in causing the German name to be linked with the concept of peace and the prospect of European freedom is the true satisfaction of my life.") He resigned as chancellor in '74 after the revelation that his personal staff included an East German spy; Brandt gives his version of the spy affair here for the first time. For nonspecialist readers the most satisfying section of this political memoir is that dealing with Brandt's wartime exile in Norway and Sweden, when he supported himself as a correspondent for Scandinavian journals and was active in the anti-Nazi resistance. But otherwise, his memoir is so modestly told as to render the account bland, generalized and colorless.
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Book Description Penguin Books Ltd, 1993. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110140144986
Book Description Penguin Books Ltd, 1993. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0140144986