Under Way - a political memoir
Gerd Ruge has more than forty years’ experience reporting from different parts of the world and is considered a pioneering foreign correspondent. His main placements were the Soviet Union, the U.S. and China. In the aftermath of the Second World War he brought home the world to the German public, espousing an objective perspective on current affairs untainted by prejudice or ideology. A sharp-eyed political observer, he connected with people, listened to them patiently and invariably had a feel for the nuances – something for which his audience always appreciated him. This book records not only his meetings with big-name politicians like Robert Kennedy, Willy Brandt or Gorbachev, but also with ordinary citizens in towns and villages across the world. The result is a political autobiography with a broad vision; a narrative that allows the reader a close-up view of events, places and people crucial to the second half of the 20th century.