Life and Loss in the City That Shaped The Century
The Sunday Times bestselling author of Dresden on the most important city of the 20th century
An almighty storm hit Berlin in the last days of April 1945. Enveloped by the unstoppable force of East and West, explosive shells pounded buildings while the inhabitants of a once glorious city sheltered in dark cellars - just like their Fuhrer in his bunker. The Battle of Berlin was a key moment in history; marking the end of a deathly regime, the defeated city was ripped in two by the competing superpowers of the Cold War.
In Berlin, bestselling historian Sinclair McKay draws on never-before-seen first-person accounts to paint a picture of a city ravaged by ideology, war and grief. Yet to fully grasp the fall of Berlin, it is crucial to also explore in detail the years beforehand and to trace the city being rebuilt, as two cities, in the aftermath. From the passionate and austere Communists of 1919 to the sleek and serious industrialists of 1949, and from the glitter of innovation from artists such as George Grosz to the desperate border crossings for three decades from 1961, this is a story of a city that shaped an entire century, as seen through the eyes not of its rulers, but of those who walked its streets.
Praise for Berlin
One of my favourite historiansDan Snow, History Hit
Powerful . . . there is rage in his ink. McKay's book grips by its passion and originalityMax Hastings, Sunday Times, on Dresden
Painstakingly researched and fascinatingJohn Harding, Daily Mail on The Secret Listeners