Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Berlin on the Brink: The Blockade, the Airlift, and the Early Cold War” as Want to Read:
Berlin on the Brink: The Blockade, the Airlift, and the Early Cold War
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Berlin on the Brink: The Blockade, the Airlift, and the Early Cold War

3.75  ·  Rating Details  ·  8 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
The Berlin blockade brought former allies to the brink of war. Britain, France, the United States and the Soviet Union defeated and began their occupation of Germany in 1945, and within a few years, the Soviets and their Western partners were jockeying for control of their former foe. Attempting to thwart the Allied powers' plans to create a unified West German government, ...more
Hardcover, first, 504 pages
Published May 1st 2012 by University Press of Kentucky
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Berlin on the Brink, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Berlin on the Brink

The Triumph of Improvisation by James Graham WilsonThe Valley of Unknowing by Philip SingtonStasiland by Anna FunderThe Spy Who Came In from the Cold by John le Carré1989 The Berlin Wall by Peter Millar
The Former East Germany, GDR, DDR
81st out of 161 books — 49 voters
The Triumph of Improvisation by James Graham WilsonA Spy Among Friends by Ben MacintyreIron Curtain by Anne ApplebaumThe Gulag Archipelago, 1918-1956 by Aleksandr SolzhenitsynA Fiery Peace in a Cold War by Neil Sheehan
Cold War non-fiction
59th out of 106 books — 32 voters

More lists with this book...

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 41)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Feb 10, 2015 Grant rated it it was amazing
A remarkable reconsideration of the first Berlin crisis. Harrington argues that the Allied (especially US) decision to stay in Berlin was not as early or decisively as it was later portrayed to be in memoirs. Instead, Truman, Atlee, et al tried to postpone the final decision to withdraw or go to war as long as possible. The airlift, tentative at first, bought time, though at first virtually no one expected it to do more than extend the Allied powers' ability to remain in Berlin by a few weeks. T ...more
In his book Harrington offers a more critical view on the Berlin blockade of 1948-1949, the events that lead to it, and of what followed. He supposes that instead of making a clear decision to sustain Berlin through airlift, it was just a way for the Western powers to buy time for a diplomatic solution.

Whatever the authors intention, it's clear that the book title is misleading. It's not strictly about post World War II Berlin. It's about the American and British--but mostly American--approach
Aug 28, 2012 GONZA rated it really liked it
As a Berlinerin (woman living in Berlin) I really liked this book, even if is the American version of the story and doesn't include the Soviet point of view. I used to know many of the things here written, because when you come to live here you have to study the language and more, you have to pass an exam about German Culture which obiously involve its "strange history" afteer the end of WWII and, even more, from the Mauer (Wall) building, till its destruction. More or less every place depicted ...more
May 12, 2012 Naomi rated it liked it
This is the type of history book I love. It is a just the facts maam and loaded down with obviously a ton of research. I understand that the book is primarily from the American perspective and I guess I would have loved to seen it inclusive more of the other countries involved (particularly Russia), but understanding the author's background, I can see why it wasn't. But that is also why I rated it 3 stars versus 4 stars. Although I have read a ton of books on WWII, I have read almost nothing abo ...more
Mike Mitchell
Mike Mitchell marked it as to-read
May 11, 2016
Shiloh Reynolds
Shiloh Reynolds marked it as to-read
Apr 29, 2016
Madison marked it as to-read
Feb 28, 2016
Kelsie marked it as to-read
Feb 27, 2016
Maria marked it as to-read
Feb 14, 2016
Serra marked it as to-read
Dec 29, 2015
Parthiban David
Parthiban David rated it really liked it
Feb 27, 2016
Anna marked it as to-read
Nov 09, 2015
Jonny Sorgasm
Jonny Sorgasm marked it as to-read
Aug 30, 2015
Davo Harutyunyan
Davo Harutyunyan marked it as to-read
Aug 15, 2015
Lucy Benson
Lucy Benson marked it as to-read
Jul 12, 2015
Peter D
Peter D marked it as to-read
Jun 25, 2015
Max Linsky
Max Linsky marked it as to-read
Jun 22, 2015
Katie marked it as to-read
May 22, 2015
Courtney marked it as to-read
Apr 25, 2015
Cyn marked it as to-read
Nov 01, 2015
Neil rated it really liked it
Mar 23, 2015
Magnus Lind
Magnus Lind marked it as to-read
Mar 13, 2015
Lesley-Ann marked it as to-read
Oct 12, 2014
Jonathan rated it really liked it
Oct 20, 2014
Jerome marked it as to-read
Sep 30, 2014
Doug rated it liked it
Apr 18, 2014
Huggishunter marked it as to-read
Feb 16, 2014
« previous 1 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Share This Book