Berlin 1961

Berlin 1961

Frederick Kempe

Frederick Kempe

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 ScowcroftIn 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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