The second most popular political figure in West Germany is not much of a politician. Economics Hero Ludwig Erhard rose to influence via cloistered university halls and ministerial planning rooms, innocent of the rough-and-tumble of politics that might have given him a ferocity in struggle, skill of maneuver in smoke-filled rooms, and a group of loyal local bosses all about him. Because he has no experience in such essentials of working democratic politics, it was an unequal contest last week when Erhard rose to do battle with that crusty veteran of the...

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