Ending significantly with Willy Brandt's announcement of a new, progressive domestic program in his Official Policy...

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WILLY BRANDT: A Biography

Ending significantly with Willy Brandt's announcement of a new, progressive domestic program in his Official Policy Statement of January 1973, this well balanced biography highlights both his striking personality and the policies of his Social Democratic Party. Brandt's illegitimacy, his quick rise in the SPD and journalism, his wartime exile and naturalization in Norway were all part of a dramatic though controversial youth that helped the repatriated politician to draw attention with a Kennedyesque image -- utilizing slogans like ""Put a Willy in your tank"" against the stodgy Christian Democrats -- and ultimately to serve as a highly visible symbol, inspiring confidence in West Berlin during the years when its survival was threatened. The Homzes give serious attention to Brandt's pursuance of Ostpolitik, to his struggle to remain in control of the Social Democrats and gain for them the confidence of the German people, and to his hopes for a consolidated European community. Their assessment of these programs may be unduly optimistic at times, but both Brandt's goals and the strengths and weaknesses of his high-profile leadership have been fairly and accurately presented.

Pub Date: April 1, 1974

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: 160

Publisher: Nelson

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Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1, 1974