In This Review

The Ides of August: The Berlin Wall Crisis, 1961
The Ides of August: The Berlin Wall Crisis, 1961
By Curtis Cate
M. Evans, 1978, 544 pp.

A familiar tale, retold with a sense of drama and immediacy. Cate is interested in personal experiences-of ordinary Berliners suddenly caught on opposite sides of the Wall, of G.I.'s on patrol, of politicians and generals coping with emergency. In effect, he reduces the crisis to a series of human interest stories.