My Struggle with Joseph Stalin: The Siege of Berlin, 1948-9 - C. A. Latimer [Courtenay Allen]Book Guild, 2007, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good+ — in Very Good+ Dust Wrapper. Slightly bruised at the head of the spine and top corners with commensurate ruffling to the dust wrapper.
Illustrated with black and white photographs & maps. From the cover: “The Berlin Airlift was almost a crisis too far for a Europe still struggling to emerge from the chaos of the Second World War. History had moved on quickly, and Stalin and the massive Soviet Army had already become the new enemies of the free world. In September 1948, when C. A. Latimer was posted to the city as a young second lieutenant, the airlift operation was entering its critical phase, as the Allies and ordinary Berliners sought to fly in enough food and fuel to sustain the population against the Soviet siege through the long, hard German winter. This memoir describes the tremendous events of that time through the eyes of a young man who only gradually comes to understand the wider significance of his own effort. His main goal is to do his job as part of an occupying army seeking to defend the freedom of the defeated people of Berlin. The author vividly conveys his own experiences, depicting the people he met and worked alongside — British and Germans alike — with great tenderness and insight. The tiniest incidents seem as important as the more obviously dramatic ones to the meaning of those events, a meaning which the author comes to recognise in the ordinary bonds of human affection.”
Foreword or introduction by Ann & John Tusa. Size: 8¾" x 5½". Red boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 259 pages.