The Post-War Division of Germany and the Construction of the Berlin Wall
- The History of the Cold War Split Between East and West
- Narrated by: Dave Wright
- Length: 1 hr and 42 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 06-05-15
- Language: English
- Publisher: Charles River Editors
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"Here in Berlin, one cannot help being aware that you are the hub around which turns the wheel of history.... If ever there were a people who should be constantly sensitive to their destiny, the people of Berlin, East and West, should be they." - Martin Luther King, Jr.
The European continent was devastated in the wake of World War II, and the conflict left the Soviet Union and the United States as uncontested superpowers. This ushered in over 45 years of the Cold War, and a political alignment of Western democracies against the Communist Soviet bloc that produced conflicts pitting allies on each sides fighting, even as the American and Soviet militaries never engaged each other.
Though it never got "hot", the Cold War was a tense era until the dissolution of the USSR. And nothing symbolized the split more than the Berlin Wall, which literally divided the city. Berlin had been a flashpoint even before World War II ended, and the city was occupied by the different Allies even as the close of the war turned them into adversaries.
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By Mik0Sp on 27-06-18
I wanted to strangle the narrator!
Why would you have someone read a book who can't pronounce German names or words? Actually it was not limited to German. "Eleanor Lansing Dulls" is how he pronounced Eleanor Lansing Dulles! Her name may not be a household name as her brothers, Allen and John Foster, but "Dulls" ???? Really poor narration for a basic short history.
By Philip on 10-03-16
Short but very interesting
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
Covers a lot of history very quickly. Spoken with authority and conviction. Great listen.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
Definitely makes me interested in learning more about the Cold War.
Any additional comments?
Well worth the time.