Berlin 1961

      Frederick Kempe

Berlin 1961

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 BrzezinskiGripping, well researched, and thought-provoking, with many lessons for today." -Henry KissingerCaptures 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....

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