Berlin 1961

Berlin 1961

Kennedy, Khrushchev, and the Most Dangerous Place on Earth

Book - 2011
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Penguin Putnam
A fresh, controversial, brilliantly written account of one of the epic dramas of the Cold War-and its lessons for today.

"History at its best." -Zbigniew Brzezinski

"Gripping, well researched, and thought-provoking, with many lessons for today." -Henry Kissinger

"Captures the drama [with] the 'You are there' storytelling skills of a journalist and the analytical skills of the political scientist." - General Brent Scowcroft

In June 1961, Nikita Khrushchev called it "the most dangerous place on earth." He knew what he was talking about.

Much has been written about the Cuban Missile Crisis a year later, but the Berlin Crisis of 1961 was more decisive in shaping the Cold War-and more perilous. For the first time in history, American and Soviet fighting men and tanks stood arrayed against each other, only yards apart. One mistake, one overzealous commander-and the trip wire would be sprung for a war that would go nuclear in a heartbeat. On one side was a young, untested U.S. president still reeling from the Bay of Pigs disaster. On the other, a Soviet premier hemmed in by the Chinese, the East Germans, and hard-liners in his own government. Neither really understood the other, both tried cynically to manipulate events. And so, week by week, the dangers grew.

Based on a wealth of new documents and interviews, filled with fresh- sometimes startling-insights, written with immediacy and drama, Berlin 1961 is a masterly look at key events of the twentieth century, with powerful applications to these early years of the twenty- first.



Baker & Taylor
Shares controversial perspectives on a defining event in the Cold War, revealing how American and Soviet troops nearly waged nuclear war while citing the specific challenges that were faced by international leaders, in an account that draws on new documents and interviews. 50,000 first printing.

Baker
& Taylor

Shares controversial perspectives on a defining event in the Cold War, revealing how nearly American and Soviet troops came to waging nuclear war while citing the specific challenges that were faced by international leaders.

Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, c2011
ISBN: 9780399157295
Branch Call Number: 943.155 KEM
Characteristics: xxv, 579 p., [32] p. of plates :,ill., col. maps, ports. ;,24 cm.

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Bob_Emerson Oct 03, 2012

The author, formerly of the Wall Street Journal, lost my attention periodically as though he had finished a column. I served in Berlin in 1969-70 and expected to find the book much more interesting. It was a lot of work to finish the book!

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