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Helmut Kohl: The Man Who Reunited Germany, Rebuilt Europe, and Thwarted the Soviet Empire Hardcover – April 1, 1999


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 262 pages
  • Publisher: Regnery Publishing (April 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0895263254
  • ISBN-13: 978-0895263254
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #760,954 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The man who reunited Germany and the first German chancellor voted out of office in this century, Helmut Kohl deserves a good biography. Sadly, Bering's fawning biography is not what is needed. The publisher makes no secret of its preference for conservative writers, and Bering does not hide his bias. He has strung together a series of anecdotes that would make any political flack in Kohl's office happy. Bering peppers the stories with scornful observations about Kohl's allies and enemies alike. Kohl is always noble, and his opponents always stupid, egotistical, liberal, or sneaky. Bering, a Danish journalist who has written for the Wall Street Journal and the National Review, uses rhetoric more suited to Rush Limbaugh than to a serious political biography. In an unsuccessful attempt to be witty, he refers to the British Labor Party's bad dental work and unattractive female protesters at Greenham Common. Worse, he refers to the Social Democratic Party as the "disloyal opposition." Not recommended.ARandall L. Schroeder, Wartburg Coll. Lib. Waverly, IA
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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This book is less of a biography of Helmut Kohl than a defense of Kohl. There is no doubt that the German chancellor had his critics---such is the nature of democratic politics. From hindsight, we can say that some were indeed too harsh in their analysis of Kohl's leadership. However, the role of the biographer is to document and provide for the reader the exposition of his subject's life. In his stout, explicit, and unwavering support of Kohl, Mr Bering fails to do so to any tasteful degree. If Kohl's actions were as worthy as Mr. Bering claims, they ought to speak for themselves. Indeed, some do: unification with East Germany, while flawed in its execution, has been more successful than the expectations of pundits and experts alike. Moreover, the legacy of Kohl's bargaining power during the Maastricht negotiations are the wholly-independent, austere ECB and the supremacy of ordoliberalism as a de facto political philosophy---for better or worse---on the continent. Mr Bering's attempt to capture the essence of Helmut Kohl leaves the reader in wanting.
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