West Germany: The Heart of Europe


(See Cover) It is hard to imagine a figure less martial than West Germany's new Chancellor. Round of shape, soft in manner, sanguine in temperament, he is every one's rich uncle, the man who made West German prosperity grow out of the rubble. He is clearly not at home on the parade ground, nor amid the strategists' complicated maps and grim contingencies. Yet hardly had Ludwig Erhard settled into the Chancellor's chair and lit his inevitable Brazilian Schwarze Weisheit (black wisdom) when he was faced with major military problems involving not only Germany but the whole Western Alliance....

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