GERMANY: The Man Who Failed

Yes, the big things in the world are always done by just a man—one man—one strong personality. History in its times of crisis cried out for a man. . . . You may gather all the wisdom in the world in a Parliament chamber, but you will never get action out of a Parliament chamber. One man has got to lead.

Last week the man who spoke these words was dead, having given up the job of leading almost 23 years ago. For the speaker was Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany. The man who...

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