Kennedy in Berlin examines one of the most spectacular political events of the twentieth century. It tells the story of the enthusiastically celebrated visit that US president John F. Kennedy paid to Berlin, the 'frontline city of the Cold War,' in June 1963. The president's tour resonated around the world, not least on account of Kennedy's famous declaration – 'Ich bin ein Berliner.' Andreas W. Daum sets Kennedy's visit against the background of the special relationship that had developed between the United States and West Berlin in the wake of World War II, and Kennedy in Berlin is an innovative contribution to the study of transatlantic relations, the Cold War, and the conduct of diplomacy in the age of mass media. Using a broad range of sources, this book sheds new light on the interplay between politics and culture in the modern era.
• First ever comprehensive account of Kennedy's spectacular Berlin visit • A new interpretation of international relations in the Cold War era • Based on a broad range of materials and multi-archival research
Introduction; 1. The emerging plot; 2. The script and the staging; 3. Dramatic climax; 4. After the final curtain; 5. The show goes on; 6. 'A comet of promise passing through our country'; Appendix: Ich bin ein Berliner: John F. Kennedy's speech at Schoneberg City Hall, June 26, 1963; Bibliography.