No one is going to read 30 minute piece however much they like history, that's for sure.

On Adenauer, I summarized the extraordinary work that he had done in rebuilding his country and how this laid the template for his next three successors.

Helmut Schmidt was rather average when viewing the social historical forces of his age.

Helmut Kohl had a number of achievements on his watch but his great work was undone by the acceptance of illegal donations.

Schroder was under the spell of Blair and left a faltering German economy; This was due to the huge deficits and dipping into the growth and stability pacts.

Your points on Merkel are seriously skewed; A number of political commentators have spoken of how the effect that she's had on German society.

If it wasn't for her firm leadership in Europe, the PIIGS economy might have done more damage than realized.

By PIIGS, I refer to the Portuguese, Irish, Italian, Greek and Spanish economies.

But as I wrote in concluding my article, it is largely a question of perspective and yours obviously betray where your political sympathies lie.

A lifelong bibliophile, who seeks to unleash his energy on as many subjects as possible

A lifelong bibliophile, who seeks to unleash his energy on as many subjects as possible