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Kennedy and the Berlin Wall:
     

Kennedy and the Berlin Wall: "A Hell of a Lot Better than a War"

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by W. R. Smyser
 

ISBN-10: 0742560902

ISBN-13: 9780742560901

Pub. Date: 08/16/2009

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.

Kennedy and the Berlin Wall tells the full story of the Berlin Crisis that riveted international attention and brought the world to the brink of nuclear warfare as Soviet and American tanks opposed each other on the streets of Berlin.

Drawing on the author's own experience as an American diplomat in Germany during the period, as well as on recently opened Soviet

Overview

Kennedy and the Berlin Wall tells the full story of the Berlin Crisis that riveted international attention and brought the world to the brink of nuclear warfare as Soviet and American tanks opposed each other on the streets of Berlin.

Drawing on the author's own experience as an American diplomat in Germany during the period, as well as on recently opened Soviet, East German, and American archives, Smyser tells the story of how the fate of a city affected national politics as well as geopolitics. This compelling mix of documentary resources and direct experience of diplomatic negotiations makes the book unique. The author has a keen sense of the critical moment and draws incisive portraits of the politicians and diplomats involved in this drama—most importantly, the two main actors, Kennedy and Khrushchev, but also DeGaulle for the French, Macmillan for the British, and Konrad Adenauer for the West Germans, as well as such critical career diplomats as Dean Rusk and Andrei Gromyko.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780742560901
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
08/16/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: "Ich Bin Ein Berliner"
Chapter 2: "A Bone in My Throat"
Chapter 3: "Let the Word Go Forth"
Chapter 4: "Alas, Mr. Ambassador, We Shall Die Together"
Chapter 5: "I never Met a Man like That"
Chapter 6: "This Is the Answer!"
Chapter 7: "The East Germans Have Done Us a Favor"
Chapter 8: "I Am Not Afraid of Escalation"
Chapter 9: "The Game Continues"
Chapter 10: "We'll Talk the Problem to Death"
Chapter 11: "This May End in a Big War"
Chapter 12: "Treaties Are like Maidens and Roses"
Chapter 13: "We'll Never Have another Day like This"
Chapter 14: "Our Hope is the Ami"
Chapter 15: "We Are the People"

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