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From Exile to Washington: A Memoir of Leadership in the Twentieth Century

From Exile to Washington: A Memoir of Leadership in the Twentieth Century (Hardback)

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In a life that has spanned nearly nine decades and has taken him across the world and back, W. Michael Blumenthal has borne witness to the world's convulsions and transformations during the twentieth century. Born in Germany between the two world wars, Blumenthal narrowly escaped the Nazi horror, when, in 1939, he and his family fled to Shanghai's chaotic Jewish ghetto, where they spent the entirety of the Second World War. From these fraught and humble beginnings, Blumenthal would emerge as a major leader in American business and politics. In the second half of the century, Blumenthal headed two major American corporations - Bendix and Burroughs (later Unisys) - served as a United States trade ambassador in the State Department and the White House, advising John F. Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson, and served under Jimmy Carter as the Secretary of the Treasury. After his retirement from business and politics, he began an entirely new chapter in his career, when he conceived and became director of Europe's largest Jewish museum - the Jewish Museum of Berlin - a position he still holds today.

An essential autobiography by one of America's great political figures, From Exile to Washington is an engaging chronicle of the twentieth century's greatest upheavals, and a tribute to a lifetime of courage, leadership and decisiveness.

BiographyBiography: generalBiography: historical, political & militaryBiographyMemoirsHistory & PoliticsPolitics & governmentCentral governmentHistory & PoliticsPolitics & governmentPolitical structure & processesPolitical leaders & leadership Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC Publication Date: 25/09/2014 ISBN-13: 9780715649152  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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W. Michael Blumenthal was the United States Secretary of the Treasury. Born in Germany in 1926, he moved to the United States from Shanghai in 1947. He is currently the director of the Jewish Museum of Berlin, and is the author of The Invisible Wall: Germans and Jews. He splits his time between Princeton, New York and Berlin.

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