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Author Smyser, W. R., 1931-

Title Kennedy and the Berlin Wall : "a hell of a lot better than a war" / W.R. Smyser
Published Lanham, Md. : Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, [2009]
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Description 1 online resource (xv, 295 pages) : illustrations, map
Contents "Ich bin ein Berliner" -- "A bone in my throat" -- "Let the word go forth" -- "Alas, Mr. Ambassador, we shall die together" -- "I never met a man like that" -- "This is the answer!" -- "The east Germans have done us a favor" -- "I am not afraid of escalation" -- "The game continues" -- "We'll talk the problem to death" -- "This may end in a big war" -- "Treaties are like maidens and roses" -- "We'll never have another day like this" -- "Our hope is the ami" -- "We are the people."
Summary The Berlin Wall Crisis dominated the presidency of John F. Kennedy from his inauguration in 1961 until his historic trip to the city in June 1963. W.R. Smyser's Kennedy and the Berlin Wall offers new insights into the Berlin events that riveted global attention, especially as Soviet and American tanks faced each other at point-blank range over "Checkpoint Charlie." Drawing on his experience as an American diplomat in Berlin at the time; personal interviews; memoirs; and Soviet, East German, and American documents, Smyser ties together the full story of what actually happened on the ground and
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Kennedy, John F. (John Fitzgerald), 1917-1963.
Khrushchev, Nikita Sergeevich, 1894-1971.
Berlin Wall, Berlin, Germany, 1961-1989.
Berlin (Germany) -- International status.
Germany (West) -- Foreign relations -- United States.
USSR -- Foreign relations -- United States.
United States -- Foreign relations -- Germany (West)
United States -- Foreign relations -- Soviet Union.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0742599787 (electronic bk.)
9780742599789 (electronic bk.)