In 1961, Khrushchev called Berlin "the most dangerous place on earth." It was the year the Wall went up and there was a showdown with tanks at Checkpoint Charlie. It was also President Kennedy’s first year in office and with the Cold War’s happy ending, author and political commentator Frederick Kempe says it’s tempting to give JFK more credit than he deserves for the outcome. Kempe joins Doug to talk about that pivotal year and how Kennedy’s weakness set the stage for the next 3 decades.
Fred Kempe is president and CEO of the Atlantic Council. His latest book, Berlin 1961, was released on May 10.