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Author Kempe, Frederick.

Title Berlin 1961 : Kennedy, Khrushchev, and the most dangerous place on earth / Frederick Kempe.

Published New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, [2011]


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  943.1550875 KEMP    AVAILABLE
Physical description xxv, 579 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Notes Maps on endpapers.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [553]-563) and index.
Contents Pt. 1 : The players. Khrushchev : communist in a hurry ; Marta Hillers's story of rape ; Khrushchev : the Berlin crisis unfolds ; Kennedy : a president's education ; The "sniper" comes in from the cold ; Kennedy : a first mistake ; Ulbricht and Adenauer : unruly alliances ; The failed flight of Friedrich Brandt ; Ulbricht and Adenauer : the tail wags the bear -- Pt. 2 : The gathering storm. Springtime for Khrushchev ; Amateur hour ; Joቈrn Donner discovers the city ; Perilous diplomacy ; Vienna : Little Boy Blue meets Al Capone ; Vienna : the threat of war ; Angry summer ; Marlene Schmidt, the universe's most beautiful refugee -- Pt. 3 : The showdown. "The great testing place" ; Ulbricht and Kurt Wismach lock horns ; The Wall : setting the trap ; The Wall : desperate days ; Eberhard Bolle lands in prison ; A hero's homecoming ; Nuclear poker ; Showdown at Checkpoint Charlie -- Epilogue: Aftershocks.
Summary In June 1961, Nikita Khrushchev called it 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. For the first time in history, American and Soviet fighting men and tanks stood arrayed against each other, only yards apart. One mistake, one overzealous commander - and the trip wire would be sprung for a war that would go nuclear in a heartbeat.
Subject Kennedy, John F. (John Fitzgerald), 1917-1963.
Berlin Wall, Berlin, Germany, 1961-1989.
Berlin (Germany) -- Politics and government -- 1945-1990.
Soviet Union -- Foreign relations -- United States.
United States -- Foreign relations -- Soviet Union.
Variant Title Berlin nineteen sixty-one.
ISBN 9780399157295 (hbk)