Bridge Builder

Bridge Builder

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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-BrA¼cke, 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 countrya€™s complex relationship with the Middle East.One week later, Carl Horst Hahn, an old friend from my Volkswagen days, invited me to breakfast in his new house. Hahn had been president of Volkswagen of America from 1959-1964, when I was handling the Volkswagen insuranceanbsp;...

Title:Bridge Builder
Author:Walther Leisler Kiep
Publisher:Purdue University Press - 2012


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