From Library Journal
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
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