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Transatlantic Bridge Builder
Foreword by Michelle Müntefering
Translated by Brían Hanrahan
250 pages, 60 color illus., bibliog., index
ISBN 978-1-80073-248-3 $145.00/£107.00 Hb Not Yet Published (September 2021)
ISBN 978-1-80073-263-6 $29.95/£23.95 Pb Not Yet Published (September 2021)
eISBN 978-1-80073-249-0 eBook Not Yet Published
“In his distinguished career, Guido Goldman has made important contributions to both the American and German societies in art, education, and their political evolution. He has created essential institutions to enhance the interaction of America and Germany. And he has been an inspiring and reliable friend through a long life.” • Henry Kissinger
The son of Nahum Goldmann, who was the founder of the World Jewish Congress, Guido Goldman was one of the most distinguished protagonists of the reintegration of Germany into the international community after the defeat of Nazism in 1945. Later he helped establish the German Marshall Fund and created Harvard University’s Center for European Studies as one of the pre-eminent research institutes and meeting places in the world for scholars, graduate students, prominent politicians, and artists. His large network of friends and interlocutors included Willy Brandt and Helmut Kohl, Henry Kissinger and Ronald Reagan, Harry Belafonte and Marlene Dietrich. His generous philanthropy extended to the preservation of non-Western cultures threatened by extinction, such as the IKAT project through which he revived the unique ancient textile arts of Central Asia. All this comes alive in Martin Klingst’s careful reconstruction of Goldman's life.
Martin Klingst was for many years the editorial head of the political department at the liberal German weekly Die Zeit, before working as the paper’s Washington correspondent from 2007 to 2014. He is now the Head of the Office of Strategic Communication and Chief Speechwriter for Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier in Berlin.