The Tunnels: Escapes Under the Berlin Wall and the Historic Films the JFK White House Tried to Kill reads like fiction, but it is a true story. Chronicled in vivid detail are the heroic efforts of the brave and dedicated West Germans who risked their lives to help those trapped in East Germany escape to the West during the time of the Berlin Wall. Digging the tunnels under the Wall took incredible courage and ingenuity. In an environment filled with informers, limited supplies and often treacherous digging conditions, it remains remarkable the tunnels even came to fruition. Staff from NBC and CBS learned of the tunnels and agreed to provide funds for filming rights. However, President John F. Kennedy didn’t want documentaries aired and efforts were made to prevent this. While this is a story of intrigue, politics and power, the heart of the story comes from the people who were willing to risk imprisonment and possible death for a cause they believed in. Even today, there is much to take from this story.
Impeccably researched, the author brings to the reader a clear picture of Cold War Berlin and the risks people will take for freedom. I found the information provided in the Epilogue to be especially interesting as the author provided further information about those involved in this story. This is a fascinating, educational and riveting book about real events during a precarious time in history. Highly recommended.
I received a complimentary copy of this book and the opinions expressed in this review are my own.