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Architect Of European Unity: Memoirs 1911-1986
Architect Of European Unity: Memoirs 1911-1986
By Robert Marjolin
Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1989, 457 pp.

The recollections of an extraordinary man who, from nearly the lowest rungs of French society, rose to successive and distinguished careers in national and international politics, journalism and business. During and after the war an admiring if critical associate of Jean Monnet, Marjolin, a practical political economist, played a major role in the implementation of the Marshall Plan and served as the first secretary-general of the OEEC, since transformed into the OECD. He was equally important in the founding of the European Community and was a vice-president of the European Commission from 1958 to 1967. Of the Marshall Plan he wrote: ". . . the most dazzling political and economic success in the history of the Western world since 1914."

A portrait of a patriot, a European, and a true friend of the United States: vivid, absorbing, deeply appealing. Invaluable for anyone interested in French culture in our century, in the vagaries of the post-1945 world, or in the life of a rare species: a cultivated man of thought, action, charm and wisdom.