Kennedy and the Berlin Wall: A Hell of a Lot Better Than a War
By: W. R. Smyser (author)Hardback
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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.
W. R. Smyser served at the U.S. Mission in Berlin from 1960 to 1964 and was Assistant to General Lucius Clay during the Berlin Wall Crisis. He then served at the White House as Senior Staff and later at the United Nations as Assistant Secretary-General. He has been a Public Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and the Henry Alfred Kissinger Scholar at the Library of Congress. He has written numerous books and articles on Germany and Europe.
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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