J. W. Mohnhaupt, Shelley Frisch – The Zookeepers’ War


The unbelievable true story of the Cold Wars strangest proxy war, fought between the zoos on either side of the Berlin Wall.

Living in West Berlin in the 1960s often felt like living in a zoo, everyone packed together behind a wall, with the world always watching. On the other side of the Iron Curtain, the East Berlin zoo was spacious and lush, a socialist utopia where everything was perfectly planned…and then rarely successfully finished.

Berlins two zoos quickly became symbols of the divided citys two halves. And so no one was terribly surprised when the head zookeepers on either side started an animal arms race – rather than stockpiling nuclear warheads, competing to have the most pandas and hippos. Soon, state funds were being quietly diverted to give these new animals lavish welcomes worthy of visiting dignitaries. West German presidential candidates were talking about zoo policy on the campaign trail. And eventually politicians on both side of the Wall became convinced that if their zoo were proved to be inferior, then that would mean their countrys whole ideology was too.

A quirky piece of Cold War history unlike anything youve heard before, The Zookeepers War is an epic tale of desperate rivalries, human follies, and an animal-mad city in which zookeeping became a way of continuing politics by other means.

Author: J. W. Mohnhaupt, Shelley Frisch
Narrator: Jacques Roy
Duration: 6 hours 57 minutes
Released: 19 Dec 2011
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Language: English

User Review:

shower exiled

Ce livre est un medley de points de vue par diffrents auteurs. Chaque chapitre est narr par un auteur diffrent et porte sur des sujets croiss. Meme si globablement on commence a la prhistoire et on progresse vers le futur, la chronologie n’est pas toujours linaire et il y a parfois des sauts dans le temps, ou a l’inverse des recoupements entre chapitres. Mais justement, c’est ca qui est intressant et qui change des “histoire de France” classiques.
Tome trs long mais qui vaut le coup, personellement j’ai toujours t relativement nulle en histoire mais ce livre m’a intresse jusqu’au bout. Comme d’habitude sur audible il vaut mieux couter a au moins 1.25 voire 1.5 la vitesse normale sinon on s’endort ;).