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America's Germany
America's Germany
By Thomas Alan Schwartz
Harvard University Press, 1991, 432 pp

A splendid portrait of John J. McCloy as first High Commissioner to the newly created Federal Republic. He helped shape postwar German policies, combining American interests with German needs and wishes, avoiding conflicts wherever possible, certain of his own and America's rightful responsibility. Schwartz, an American historian, depicts achievements and controversial decisions, especially in regard to the leniency McCloy showed German war criminals. Widely researched, wisely analyzed, eminently readable; a fine work, of interest to all who are concerned with the postwar years in American foreign policy and the history of the Federal Republic.