Alois Mock counts as one of the political icons of the Austrian Second Republic. His name stands alongside Leopold Figl, Julius Raab and Bruno Kreisky. Through his tough advocacy for Austria’s membership into the EU, he writes a piece of Austrian history. When in March 1994 negotiations with Brussels over Austria’s entry ended successfully, he advanced ultimately in the eyes of the public to “Mr. Europe.”
He began his long, political career in the 1960s as Secretary and Chief of Cabinet to Federal Chancellor Josef Klaus. His involvement in uniting Europe and EU expansion established his reputation as a statesman and foreign minister. The book portrays a “great politician with a strong social conscience and deep ties to his home country” (Pühringer). It is a instructive piece about victory and defeat in the world of politics.
The biography by Martin Eichtinger and Helmut Wohnout is based upon unpublished archive material as well as numerous talks with witnesses, life companions and colleagues who have accompanied him on his professional career.