In This Review

The Decision to Divide Germany
The Decision to Divide Germany
By John H. Backer
Duke University Press, 1978, 212 pp

This book shows with admirable scholarship that the division of Germany, a fait accompli by early 1947, was, on the American side, the result of "disjointed incrementalism" rather than a grand design as some revisionist historians claim. The author emphasizes the influence of historical perceptions. He was a member of the American military government and later a Foreign Service officer in Germany.