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By Ward Just

ISBN-10: 0544196376

ISBN-13: 9780544196377

Harry Sanders is a tender international provider officer in Nineteen Sixties Indochina while a deadly and clandestine assembly with insurgents-ending in quiet disaster-and a quick yet passionate come across with Sieglinde, a tender German lady, adjust the process his life.

Absorbing the effect of his misstep, Harry returns in brief to Washington sooner than eventual assignments in Africa, Scandinavia, and the Mediterranean. He marries the fascinating may well, who's fleeing her family disappointments in tired higher New England and searching out an get away into Harry's diplomatic existence. at the floor, they're a good-looking, profitable couple-but the reminiscence of Sieglinde persists in Harry's recommendations, and will has her personal secrets and techniques too. As Harry navigates the more and more treacherous waters of international relations in an age of interminable clash, he additionally attempts to bridge the distances among himself and the 2 captivating ladies who've selected to like him.

Ward simply, returning to his trademark territory of Forgetfulness and the elements in Berlin, offers an totally compelling tale of usa citizens attempting to run the realm, but failing to grasp their lives.

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He tells the workers to seize the factories, and when they have done so he sets a commissar over them, abolishes the unions, establishes the death penalty for strikes, and pays such wages that it takes a month’s labour to buy a pair of poorly made shoes. Such is Marx-Lenin-Stalin in action’. ‘Peace, land, and bread’ said Lanny—the slogan of the Bolshevik revolution. It means armed forces at every border, ready to march at the first moment the well-paid and well-trained agitators have succeeded in fanning discontent in a neighbouring country’.

I grow less sure of my ground every day’. ’ Perhaps the day will come when you will repeat the experience of the old prophet. “Then said I, Ah, Lord God! But he didn’t say that; instead he remarked, ‘I had the privilege of making purchases at one of our government stores. I brought along a sack of oranges’. ‘Really—’ ‘Just think, lieber Graf, how much of your hospitality I accepted in the happy old days. Surely I have the right to make a return’. ‘Well, since you put it that way, Herr Budd—’ ‘Let me help you on with your overcoat and come out and see what else I have in my rolling grocery’.

II In the postwar agreements free movement was permitted among all four sectors of Berlin. Lanny had his magnificent permit, also his agreeable manner, and a number of Russian phrases he had picked up during visits to the Soviet Union. It was a German-built autobahn, badly worn by war traffic, and repairs were being made by women labourers. Everything in sight had been blasted by Russian artillery—the most powerful in the world, for Stalin had laid down the dictum ‘The artillery is the god of war’.

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