Checkmate in Berlin
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Checkmate in Berlin: The Cold War Showdown that Shaped the Modern World by Giles Milton
As soon as the four powers - Britain, America, France and the Soviet Union - were no longer united by the common purpose of defeating Germany, they reverted to their pre-war hostility and suspicion. Rival systems, rival ideologies and rival personalities ensured that Berlin became an explosive battleground. The ruins of this once-great city were soon awash with spies, gangsters and black-marketeers, all of whom sought to profit from the disarray.
For the next four years, a handful of charismatic but flawed individuals - British, American and Soviet - fought an intensely personal battle over the future of Germany, Europe and the entire free world.
Checkmate in Berlin tells this exhilarating, high-stakes tale of grit, skullduggery, and raw power. This is the epic story of the first battle of the Cold War and how it shaped the modern world.
Genre: History (Hardback)