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Checkmate in Berlin Reviews

Checkmate in Berlin by Giles Milton

Checkmate in Berlin: The Cold War Showdown that Shaped the Modern World

Giles Milton

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1 review

Category: History, Non-fiction
Imprint: Hodder & Stoughton Ltd
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
Publication date: 27 May 2021
ISBN: 9781529393156

A compulsive page-turner about the battle for Berlin and control of the Western world in the aftermath of the Second World War from 'the master of narrative history'.

4 stars out of 5
Roger Boyes
15 May 2021

"The sharp-eyed narrative historian Giles Milton charts this transition from the Yalta conference in February 1945 to the breaking of the Soviet blockade of West Berlin in May 1949."

This is a book full of heroes. Due credit is given to Ernie Bevin, Dean Acheson and the like, but Howley takes the starring role. Milton dug long and deep in Howley’s private papers at the US Army War College’s archives in Pennsylvania and has spun a good yarn about a gifted man who followed his gut. More than that, he has demonstrated to military historians everywhere that wars, hot, cold and hybrid, are won and lost by logistics. Wherever a big war breaks out next — a Chinese invasion of Taiwan, perhaps, or yet another Russian misadventure — the lessons learnt in Berlin won’t have lost their relevance.