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The Resource Checkpoint Charlie : the Cold War, the Berlin Wall, and the most dangerous place on earth, Iain MacGregor

Checkpoint Charlie : the Cold War, the Berlin Wall, and the most dangerous place on earth, Iain MacGregor

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Checkpoint Charlie : the Cold War, the Berlin Wall, and the most dangerous place on earth
Title
Checkpoint Charlie
Title remainder
the Cold War, the Berlin Wall, and the most dangerous place on earth
Statement of responsibility
Iain MacGregor
Title variation
Cold War, the Berlin Wall, and the most dangerous place on earth
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Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"Checkpoint Charlie is the story of the men and women - from both sides of the Cold War's political divide - who lived, served on, or escaped through the Berlin Wall during its life span (13th August 1961 - 9th November 1989). This physical monstrosity created by the East German communist state was to divide one of the most beautiful and by 1961, ruined cities of the world; dividing families, friends and lovers. Its creation, and its sudden collapse twenty-seven years later, were the key moments of the Cold War. Checkpoint Charlie was the one place in a paranoid continent where East faced West across one hundred yards of No Man's Land. Where soldiers served, spies watched through trained binoculars, escapees fled, politicians made speeches, people died and, mothers wept. The Wall was seen by many as permanent as the Himalayas. Across the Wall's almost three decades of existence, over two hundred people died trying to escape through it to the West, and these are just the recorded deaths. Many more who attempted and failed to break to freedom, would later die of their wounds in an East German hospital or prison. Historian Iain MacGregor travels to America, Britain, Germany and France to talk to the many people the Berlin Wall affected and who found themselves at the gates of Checkpoint Charlie - either on the Allied, or Soviet side. He interviews soldiers, politicians, journalists, spies, policemen, refugees and escapees to build a picture of what life was like in the city that was universally seen as the "hot spot" of the Cold War for four decades"--
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Biography type
contains biographical information
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MacGregor, Iain
Dewey number
943/.15508770922
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
DD881
LC item number
.M23 2019
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Berlin (Germany)
  • Checkpoint Charlie, Berlin, Germany, 1961-1989
  • Berlin Wall, Berlin, Germany, 1961-1989
  • Cold War
  • HISTORY / Europe / Germany
Label
Checkpoint Charlie : the Cold War, the Berlin Wall, and the most dangerous place on earth, Iain MacGregor
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Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
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rdacontent
Contents
Prologue: October -- Island in the Communist stream -- The spook in Berlin -- In a mousetrap now -- Split asunder -- A new border to patrol -- Who blinks first? -- Elvis is dead -- Let them come to Berlin! -- The secret army -- Searching for a grain of truth -- Catch me if you can! -- A soldier's death -- The singing Jew of Checkpoint Charlie -- Chimes of freedom -- At the edge of control -- The last escape -- A family in Berlin -- The memo that ended the Cold War -- The flood -- Lights, cameras, action! -- Aftermath -- Goodbye Checkpoint Charlie -- Epilogue: four memories
Control code
on1085209586
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
viii, 340 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781982100032
Lccn
2019024838
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(OCoLC)1085209586
Label
Checkpoint Charlie : the Cold War, the Berlin Wall, and the most dangerous place on earth, Iain MacGregor
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Prologue: October -- Island in the Communist stream -- The spook in Berlin -- In a mousetrap now -- Split asunder -- A new border to patrol -- Who blinks first? -- Elvis is dead -- Let them come to Berlin! -- The secret army -- Searching for a grain of truth -- Catch me if you can! -- A soldier's death -- The singing Jew of Checkpoint Charlie -- Chimes of freedom -- At the edge of control -- The last escape -- A family in Berlin -- The memo that ended the Cold War -- The flood -- Lights, cameras, action! -- Aftermath -- Goodbye Checkpoint Charlie -- Epilogue: four memories
Control code
on1085209586
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
viii, 340 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781982100032
Lccn
2019024838
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(OCoLC)1085209586

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