Checkmate in Berlin: The Cold War Showdown That Shaped the Modern World
ISBN: 125024756X
EAN13: 9781250247568
Language: English
Publication Date: Jul 13, 2021
Pages: 400
Format: Hardcover

Checkmate in Berlin: The Cold War Showdown That Shaped the Modern World

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From a master of popular history, the lively, immersive story of the race to seize Berlin in the aftermath of World War I as it's never been told before

BERLIN'S FATE WAS SEALED AT THE 1945 YALTA CONFERENCE: the city, along with the rest of Germany, was to be carved up among the victorious powers-- the United States, Britain, France, and the Soviet Union. On paper, it seemed a pragmatic solution. In reality, once the four powers were no longer united by the common purpose of defeating Germany, they wasted little time reverting to their prewar hostility toward--and suspicion of--one another. The veneer of civility between the Western allies and the Soviets was to break down in spectacular fashion in Berlin. Rival systems, rival ideologies, and rival personalities ensured that the German capital became an explosive battleground.

The warring leaders who ran Berlin's four sectors were charismatic, mercurial men, and Giles Milton brings them all to rich and thrilling life here. We meet unforgettable individuals like America's explosive Frank Howlin' Mad Howley, a brusque sharp-tongued colonel with a relish for mischief and a loathing for all Russians. Appointed commandant of the city's American sector, Howley fought an intensely personal Read More chevron_right

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