Leaving Berlin Book by Joseph Kanon

Leaving Berlin Book by Joseph Kanon

Leaving Berlin

New York Times Notable Book NPR Best Books 2015 Wall Street Journal Best Books of 2015The acclaimed author of The Good German deftly captures the ambience The New York Times Book Review of postwar East Berlin in his thought provoking, pulse pounding Wall Street Journal New York Times bestseller a sweeping spy thriller about a city caught between political ideal New York Times Notable Book NPR Best Books 2015 Wall Street Journal Best Books of 2015The acclaimed author of The Good German deftly captures the ambience The New York Times Book Review of postwar East Berlin in his thought provoking, pulse pounding Wall Street Journal New York Times bestseller a sweeping spy thriller about a city caught between political idealism and the harsh realities of Soviet occupation.

Berlin, 1948 Almost four years after the war s end, the city is still in ruins, a physical wasteland and a political symbol about to rupture In the West, a defiant, blockaded city is barely surviving on airlifted supplies in the East, the heady early days of political reconstruction are being undermined by the murky compromises of the Cold War Espionage, like the black market, is a fact of life Even culture has become a battleground, with German intellectuals being lured back from exile to add credibility to the competing sectors.

Alex Meier, a young Jewish writer, fled the Nazis for America before the war But the politics of his youth have now put him in the crosshairs of the McCarthy witch hunts Faced with deportation and the loss of his family, he makes a desperate bargain with the fledgling CIA he will earn his way back to America by acting as their agent in his native Berlin But almost from the start things go fatally wrong A kidnapping misfires, an East German agent is killed, and Alex finds himself a wanted man Worse, he discovers his real assignment to spy on the woman he left behind, the only woman he has ever loved Changing sides in Berlin is as easy as crossing a sector border But where do we draw the lines of our moral boundaries At betrayal Survival Murder

Joseph Kanon s compelling thriller is a love story that brilliantly brings a shadowy period of history vividly to life.

Title : Leaving Berlin
Author :  Joseph Kanon
Language : English
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Format : Paperback
Pages : 371 pages

Rating: 4.9

Reviewer: 2066 Reviews