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

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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
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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
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
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
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