The Last Division: A History of Berlin, 1945-1989

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Addison-Wesley, 1997 - History - 431 pages
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Berlin has played a major role in world politics since the Nazi era and continues to be in the spotlight today as the once-again great capital of Germany. Ann Tusa presents an engaging chronicle of the Cold War partitions of this historic city, from the political strife and administrative division by the victors against Hitler, through the building and eventual destruction of the Wall. Using newly available documents, she offers by far the fullest account to date of the political, diplomatic, and military affairs of the city, with vivid characterizations of central figures like Konrad Adenauer, Nikita Khrushchev, and British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan. Tusa's account also displays the full drama surrounding the building of the Wall, from its ramifications for world politics (including John F. Kennedy's famous response that "a wall is a hell of a lot better than a war") to the experiences of ordinary Berliners and the personal tragedies they experienced as the Wall severed a living city and sundered families for generations. The result is a startling combination of historical detail and lucid style, a story that The Sunday Times of London has hailed as "not only paintstakingly researched but eminently readable."

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Tusa, who has coauthored works with her husband, John, a BBC journalist, takes the reader on a brilliant paper chase through the archives of the American State Department and the French and British ... Read full review

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Ann Tusa met John Tusa at Cambridge University and are now married. Now writing partners, they are the authors of The Berlin Airlift and The Nuremberg Trial. They live in London, England.

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