May 30, 2011


The Epicenter of the Cold War

In the mail: Berlin 1961 by Frederick Kempe.

From the author: "I want Americans to understand how the decisions of their presidents -- then and now -- shape world history in ways we don't always understand at the time of a specific event. I want readers to know that Kennedy could have prevented the Berlin Wall, if he had wished, and that in acquiescing to the border closure he not only created a more dangerous situation -- but also contributed to mortgaging the future for tens of millions of Central and Eastern Europeans. The relatively small decisions that U.S. presidents make have huge, often global, consequences."










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