Book look: Cold War, a city back on track and aerial warfare aftermath

“Berlin 1961” documents the dramatic occurrences in global politics in the year 1961 when many observers feared that a nuclear war between the United States and the Soviet Union was imminent. Author Frederick Kempe – the head of the Atlantic Council, a renowned think tank based in Washington, D.C. – portrays the key decision-makers of that time such as late German President Konrad Adenauer and Walter Ulbricht who headed the Council of State of the German Democratic Republic (GDR) at that time. The individual destinies of people trying to make it into West Germany after the East German regime erected are an important part of the book – as is the meeting between John F. Kennedy and Nikita Khrushchev in Vienna.

Berlin 1961
By Frederick Kempe
Published by Siedler (

Describing Detroit’s reputation as mediocre would be a fatal and careless understatement. Over the years, the city has suffered from the closure of several factories and various companies’ decision to relocate and outsource. Rising crime and unemployment figures have dominated Detroit-related news for some time. But now, as Katja Kullmann describes in her new book “Rasende Ruinen”, the once prospering city appears to recover from the various setbacks it endured. Businesspeople restarted investing as artists and restaurateurs settle in Detroit which suddenly has chances to turn into a trendy place of residence for creative people from all over the world.

Rasende Ruinen. Wie Detroit sich neu erfindet.
By Katja Kullmann
Published by Edition Suhrkamp Digital (

Dietmar Süß analyses the various consequences of aerial warfare in World War Two. He describes which psychological impact the occurrences in Coventry, Dresden and other cities had on residents. Another essential aspect of his book “Toda aus der Luft” is the issue of propaganda. Süß – who released “Luftkrieg. Erinnerungen in Deutschland und Europa” in 2009 – reconstructs how political leaders attempted to justify their actions at that time. Furthermore, “Tod aus der Luft” focuses on the aftermath of the attacks in England and Germany, financial aspects, the role of the Church and rebuilding strategies.

Tod aus der Luft
By Dietmar Süß
Published by Siedler (

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