Subtitled A History of Berlin 1945-1989, The Last Division is a fascinating portrait of the forces and events that both built and smashed the Berlin Wall. Berlin has played a major role in world politics since the Nazi era and continues to be in the spotlight today as the once-again great capital of Germany. Ann Tusa presents an engaging chronicle of the Cold War partitions of this historic city, from the political strife and administrative division by the victors against Hitler, through the building and eventual destruction of the Wall. Using newly available documents, she offers by far the fullest account to date of the political, diplomatic, and military affairs of the city, with vivid characterizations of central figures like Konrad Adenauer, Nikita Khrushchev, and British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan. Tusa’s account also displays the full drama surrounding the building of the Wall, and the experiences of ordinary Berliners and the personal tragedies they experienced as theWall severed a living city and sundered families for generations.