by Giles Milton

From a master of popular history, the lively, immersive story of the race to seize Berlin in the aftermath of World War II as it’s never been told before

BERLIN’S FATE WAS SEALED AT THE 1945 YALTA CONFERENCE: the city, along with the rest of Germany, was to be carved up among the victorious powers― the United States, Britain, France, and the Soviet Union. On paper, it seemed a pragmatic solution. In reality, once the four powers were no longer united by the common purpose of defeating Germany, they wasted little time reverting to their prewar hostility toward―and suspicion of―one another. The veneer of civility between the Western allies and the Soviets was to break down in spectacular fashion in Berlin. Rival systems, rival ideologies, and rival personalities ensured that the German capital became an explosive battleground.

 Author’s Podcast

Unknown History with Giles Milton


Interview with the Author

History Extra
The Cold War battle for Berlin
6/29/21           31 min

Dan Snow’s History Hit
Berlin and the Dawn of the Cold War
6/27/21         25 min

We Have Ways of Making You Talk
365. Potsdam and the looting of Berlin
8/17/21          48 min

Cold War Conversations
Checkmate in Berlin: The Cold War Showdown that Shaped the Modern World
5/28/21        70 min

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