Off Duty

Looking back

Original Title: Außer Dienst

Hardcover, Linen with jacket, 352 pages, 13.5 x 21.5 cm, 5.3 x 8.5 in.
ISBN: 978-3-88680-863-2
€ 22.95 [D] | € 23.60 [A] | CHF 32.50 * (* rec. retail price) recommended retail price

Publishing House: Siedler

Date of publication: September 1, 2008
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Rights sold to: China (Qingdao Publishing House), Hungary (Europa), Italy (Fazi), Saudi-Arabia (Al Sayed), Spain (Estudios de Politica Exterior)

20 b/w illustrations

Helmut  Schmidt - Off Duty


Helmut Schmidt’s most private book – and at the same time his political legacy

Helmut Schmidt was the Chancellor of the social-liberal coalition; he is regarded as being behind Nato’s double-track decision regarding the deployment of US missiles in Europe and considered one of the political fathers of the Euro. He is considered the epitome of the ideal statesman. Now, alsmost three decades after the end of his term of office as Chancellor, he looks back.

He describes the revolutionary historical developments since the end of the Cold War; he muses over politics today and the future of Germany; and he speaks about very personal things – how he was shaped by World War II, about his own mistakes and omissions, his faith and the end of life.
Schmidt tells of his many activities “off duty”, and in his usual straight forth way comments on central issues of our day. Helmut Schmidt’s view looking back has made for a very lively book packed with thoughts and memories, careful analyses and short anecdotes. It is a book which can be seen as the sum total of a politician’s life steeped in experience.


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