Up Against the Wallby Edwin Jones
Technical school instructors often told young airmen in the linguistic and analytical career fields that they possessed unusual intelligence. Their Top Secret Cryptographic clearances and massive amounts of training seemed to corroborate the claim. Whether true or not, they also assured their students that, under stress, they were prone to cross the fine line between that intelligence and lunacy. In Up Against the Wall, author Ed Jones recounts tales, true and unverified, that tend to prove their warning. Combining history, hearsay, and personal experience, he relates these tales in a tongue-in-cheek manner that will delight and intrigue the reader.
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This is a great read with factual information about a time period in American and world history that will fade into lost memories if not told by those who lived it. Ed Jones takes you on a journey of life next to The Wall. Through good times and bad we see and join in an insightful look into the daily life of those people who dedicated their lives to providing the most accurate information possible to the US government. Should be a necessary read for all those who teach our young people about the Cold War and for those young people given the task of learning about the realities of the past.. Wonderfully written, honest, straightforward, humorous and informative. Thumbs UP!
An excellent, revealing, interesting, and, at times, funny tale of living and working behind the Iron Curtain while serving as a member of the US Air Force. This book is a superb read for anyone who wants to know what it was like on a day-to-day basis fighting the Cold War 110-miles inside East Germany -- in this case, West Berlin. Ed Jones brings to vivid life what it was like for the US Air Force servicemen and women serving in West Berlin in the 1970's and early 1980's. These young military men and women worked hard to ensure that the US intelligence agencies had the most accurate information available on Russian, East German and Polish military operations in the Central European theater. But as Mr. Jones relates, it wasn't always work. These dedicated young Air Force members also played hard and had fun in the very cosmopolitan city of West Berlin. His tales -- some true, some speculation, and some just plain legend -- make for a interesting and entertaining read. Kudos on providing a hands-on perspective, with his insights and keen observations on an often misunderstood and less revealing part of the Cold War.
This is a wonderfully written, insightful journey through Cold War Germany from someone who actually lived it! While a lot about what happened after WWII and the division of Germany may be buried in history books, Ed Jones gives a humorous account of his time spent in West Berlin as a young U.S. Air Force linguist, stories of him and his family that add a personal touch not found in textbooks. This is an enlightening collection of tales that I highly recommend!
I think this book should be required reading in all high schools. The "fables" are entertaining and the history of West Berlin is factual and informative. Students should know WHY there was a wall around West Berlin, and how it affected the day to day life of those of us who lived within that wall. Freedom isn't free and Mr. Jones' book shows how a city, and a country known as East Germany, fared when it had lost all of its freedoms and most of its hope for a better future. Good reading.... Noelle Maptin
A great read that accurately captures slices of life of some of our 'cold warriors.' Highly recommended.