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Berlin 1961 Amplified eBook
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ISBN 9781101531730 | Amplified eBook

Frederick Kempe

Author, Frederick Kempe

Frederick Kempe is president and CEO of the Atlantic Council, and, previously, spent more than twenty-five years as a reporter, columnist, and editor for The Wall Street Journal. This is his fourth book. Kempe lives in Washington, D.C.

Berlin 1961 Amplified (Enhanced Edition)

Kennedy, Khrushchev, and the Most Dangerous Place on Earth

Frederick Kempe
Foreword by General Brent Scowcroft

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A breathtaking amplified eBook featuring forty-one videos from the NBC archive—including rare footage not seen in thirty years—a video introduction by Tom Brokaw and a detailed timeline of events in this brilliant account of one of the epic dramas of the Cold War.

In June 1961, Nikita Khrushchev called Berlin "the most dangerous place in the world." 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 one another, 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. On one side was a young, untested U.S. president still reeling from the Bay of Pigs disaster. On the other, was a Soviet premier hemmed in by the Chinese, East Germans, and hardliners in his own government. Neither really understood the other; both tried cynically to manipulate events. And so, week by week, the dangers grew.

Based on a wealth of new documents and interviews, filled with fresh—sometimes startling—insights, written with immediacy and drama, BERLIN 1961 is a masterful look at key events of the twentieth century—with powerful applications to these early years of the twenty-first.