In This Review

Foe Into Friend
Foe Into Friend
By Marion Dönhoff
St. Martin's, 1982, 214 pp

The great liberal editor of Die Zeit and proponent of Ostpolitik has written a brief account of the history of the Federal Republic of Germany, with an excellent introductory chapter on the German question, but focusing mainly on the four postwar chancellors. Her sympathies are with Brandt and Schmidt, but she is unfailingly perceptive about Adenauer and Erhard as well. The concentration on chancellors has its historic justification: they shaped policy, and never before in the history of any German state has there been such a profusion of political talent as in the period from Adenauer to Schmidt.