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War and Diplomacy in East and West

A Biography of Jozef Retinger

M. B. B. Biskupski (Central Connecticut State University, USA)



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11 April 2019
The New York Times said of Jozef Hieronim Retinger that he was on intimate terms with most leading statesmen of the Western World, including presidents of the United States. He has been repeatedly acknowledged as one of the principle architects of the movement for European unity after the World War II, and one of the outstanding creative political influences of the post war period. He has also been credited with being the dark master behind the so-called Bilderberg Group, described variously as an organization of idealistic internationalists, and a malevolent global conspiracy.

Before that, Retinger involved himself in intelligence activities during World War II and, given the covert and semi-covert nature of many of his activities, it is little wonder that no biography has appeared about him. This book draws on a broad range of international archives to rectify that.
By:   M. B. B. Biskupski (Central Connecticut State University USA)
Imprint:   Routledge
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 156mm, 
Weight:   499g
ISBN:   9780367275365
ISBN 10:   0367275368
Pages:   322
Publication Date:   11 April 2019
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Further / Higher Education
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

M. B. B. Biskupski holds the S. A. Blejwas Endowed Chair in Polish History at Central Connecticut State University, USA.

Reviews for War and Diplomacy in East and West: A Biography of Jozef Retinger

Finally, we've lived to see a reliable and comprehensive work on the life and activities of Joseph Retinger - a Polish politician with incredible connections and influence in the Western world, the Godfather of the European Union, founder of the Bilderberg Group, and author of many initiatives of international importance that shaped the political image of the world in the twentieth century. The author of this book made use of a broad base of sources, including sources not presented so far, which shed new light on the activities of this extremely interesting character. The work of Biskupski has high scientific value and the efficient narrative makes pleasant reading. Andrzej Pieczewski, University of Lodz, Poland The mystery of Europe's notorious eminence grise is finally unveiled in a fascinating deconstruction of the myth of Joseph H. Retinger, international agent of Polish origin. Did Retinger really influence the results of both world wars, revolution in Mexico and the creation of the European Union? Was he a Jesuit, free-mason or Soviet spy? Biskupski's brilliant life's work provides the thoroughly documented answers. Wladyslaw Bulhak, specialist in the field of intelligence studies, Warsaw, Poland Jozef Retinger was a key figure in the Polish government-in-exile during the Second World War, often referred to as General Sikorski's eminence grise. His political career, before the war, in this government and as one of the founders of the movement for European integration has been the subject of much speculation and mystification. This well-researched and highly readable biography provides a definitive account of his political career and is essential reading for all interested in the history of World War II and of the post-war years. Antony Polonsky, Emeritus professor of Holocaust Studies, Brandeis University and Chief historian, POLIN museum of the history of Polish Jews, Warsaw, Poland This is a detailed study for experts on Polish and European diplomacy. Sheldon Anderson, Miami University, Ohio

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