Introduction; Part 1 Setting the Scene: The cold war developments and the political and economic situation in Germany 1947 - 48; The foundation of the Kreditanstalt and its first action; Task, senior staff, internal structure and ways of operations. Part 2 Raising Capital: American money: counterpart funds and ERP special assets; German money: improvisations and improvements. Part 3 'Guiding' the Economic Reconstruction: Agriculture; Basic industries; Housing construction. Part 4 Fighting the Cold War: Exports and Development Aid: Berlin, the cold war's foremost front; Cold war, profits and exports; Towards the development aid bank and beyond. Conclusion; Glossary; Bibliography; Index.