Berlin 1961 Kennedy, Khrushchev, and the Most Dangerous Place on Earth

ISBN-10: 0425245942

ISBN-13: 9780425245941

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Authors: Frederick Kempe
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Description: In June 1961, Nikita Khrushchev called Berlin "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. It was in that hot summer that the Berlin Wall was constructed, which would divide the world for another twenty-eight years. Then two months later, and for the first time in history, American and Soviet fighting men and tanks stood arrayed against each other, only yards apart. One mistake, one nervous soldier, one overzealous commander-and the tripwire would be sprung for a war that could go nuclear in a heartbeat. On one side was a young, untested U.S. president still reeling from the Bay of Pigs disaster and a humiliating summit meeting that left him grasping for ways to respond. It would add up to be one of the worst first-year foreign policy performances of any modern president. On the other side, a Soviet premier hemmed in by the Chinese, East Germans, and hardliners in his own government. With an all-important Party Congress approaching, he knew Berlin meant the difference not only for the Kremlin's hold on its empire-but for his own hold on the Kremlin. Neither man really understood the other, both tried cynically to manipulate events. And so, week by week, they crept closer to the brink. Based on a wealth of new documents and interviews, filled with fresh-sometimes startling-insights, written with immediacy and drama, Berlin 1961is an extraordinary look at key events of the twentieth century, with powerful applications to these early years of the twenty-first. Includes photographs

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List price: $18.00
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 1/3/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 640
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.584
Language: English

Frederick Kempe is editor and associate publisher of The Wall Street Journal Europe and the founding editor of Central European Economic Review. He was a foreign correspondent for Newsweek and The Wall Street Journal and covered Germany off and on for more than 20 years. He has also covered such stories as the rise of Solidarity in Poland, the Israeli invasion of Lebanon, the war in Afghanistan, the American invasion of Panama and the collapse of Soviet communism. His published books include: Divorcing the Dictator: America's Bungled Affair with Noriega and Siberian Odyssey: A Voyage into the Russian Soul. He lives in Brussels.

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