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Ludwig Rudel
Author
Memoirs of an Agent for Change in International Development
Ludwig Rudel, author

Adult; Political & Social Sciences; (Market)

Lu Rudel describes his unique experiences with US foreign economic
aid programs during some of the most dramatic international
events since World War II. These include Iran after the fall of Mosaddegh
(1956-1960); Turkey after the military coup of 1960 to the start of
the Cuba Missile crisis; India after the death of Nehru (1965-1970); and
Pakistan following the Soviet withdrawal from Afghanistan in 1988.
Rudel’s fi rsthand observations on Iran differ markedly from the description
of events commonly espoused by some historians and journalists.
He also provides a fi rsthand account of the political metamorphosis
over the past half-century of the “Group of 77” nations as they attempted
to employ the UN’s economic development agencies to press for a “New
International Economic Order.” These experiences lead him to draw important
lessons about the conduct and effectiveness of foreign aid.
After retirement in 1980 he launched a second career, applying
lessons learned from his work in international development to creation
of a thousand-acre land development and resort in rural Appalachia.
His experiences over the following thirty years as an entrepreneur track
the relentless growth of government regulations and the disappearance
of community support institutions such as local banks, now being replaced
by mega-banks.
Finally, he examines global trends of the past eighty years in four
critical areas of change affecting our lives–population growth, science
and technology, economic systems, and political structures–to draw
some surprising conclusions and projections.

 ISBN: 978-0-96539-494-9

Reviews
University of Michigan

In this compelling book, Lu Rudel,describes his unique experiences with U.S. foreign economic aid programs during some of the most dramatic international events since World War II. These include Iran after the fall of Mosaddegh (1956-60); Turkey after the military coup of 1960 to the start of the Cuba Missile crisis; India after the death of Nehru (1965-70); and Pakistan following the Soviet withdrawal from Afghanistan in 1988. Rudel’s firsthand observations on Iran differ markedly from the description of events commonly espoused by some historians and journalists. The author also provides a firsthand account of the political metamorphosis over the past half-century of the “Group of 77” nations as they employed the U.N.’s economic development agencies to press for a “New International Economic Order.” These experiences led him to draw significant lessons about the conduct and effectiveness of foreign aid.

 

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