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Author Kiep, Walther Leisler, 1926-
Title Brücken meines Lebens. English.
Bridge builder : an insider's account of over 60 years in post-war reconstruction, international diplomacy, and German-American relations / Walther Leisler Kiep.
Imprint West Lafayette, Ind. : Purdue University Press, 2012.

Author Kiep, Walther Leisler, 1926-
Subject Kiep, Walther Leisler, 1926-
Statesmen -- Germany -- Biography.
Politicians -- Germany -- Biography.
Germany (West) -- Politics and government.
Germany -- Politics and government -- 1990-
Germany (West) -- Foreign relations -- United States.
United States -- Foreign relations -- Germany (West)
Germany -- Foreign relations -- United States.
United States -- Foreign relations -- Germany.
Description 1 online resource (xv, 235 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates) : illustrations
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Contents Cover -- Title -- Copyright -- Dedication -- Contents -- List of Abbreviations -- Foreword -- Preface -- Acknowledgments -- Chapter 1: A Long Road to Politics -- Chapter 2: In Politics -- Chapter 3: In the Opposition -- Chapter 4: Ostpolitik -- Chapter 5: Special Missions -- Chapter 6: Business, Politics, and Personalities -- Chapter 7: My Bridge across the Atlantic -- Epilogue: America In Me -- Name Index -- Subject Index
Summary Walther Leisler Kiep is one of the most independent and influential German post-war politicians. He is also a successful entrepreneur and longtime chairman of Atlantik-Bru?cke, the influential German-American friendship organization, which he now serves as honorary chairman. In his autobiography, Kiep speaks frankly about a life at the center of power: as an independent politician and treasurer of the governing CDU party from 1970 to 1991, who did not shrink from conflict with party leaders Helmut Kohl and Franz Josef Strauss; as Minister of Finance in Lower Saxony; as a longtime member of the Volkswagen Supervisory board for 21 years; and as an ambassador for German-American relations, and confidant of several US presidents. As well as presenting an inside history of the relationship between Germany and the United States, the book sheds particular light on the struggle for German unification and that country?s complex relationship with the Middle East.
ISBN 9781612492070 (electronic bk.)
161249207X (electronic bk.)
9781612492063 (electronic bk.)
1612492061 (electronic bk.)
9781557536204 (pbk. ; alk. paper)
OCLC # 787852068
Additional Format Print version: Kiep, Walther Leisler, 1926- Brücken meines Lebens. English. Bridge builder. West Lafayette, Ind. : Purdue University Press, 2012 (DLC) 2011047688.

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