"Leaving Berlin" by Joseph Kanon: a book review by Endre Barath, Jr.

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"Leaving Berlin" by Joseph Kanon: a book review by Endre Barath, Jr.


The Berlin Airlift is under way…..you open the book and the next thing you know is you cannot put it down. Someone who has read John LeCare’, Frederick Forsyth, and Olin Steinhauer to name a few spy novel gurus, now I am a fan of Joseph Kanon. This book is such a page turner, there is a Santa Monica & Los Angeles connection with the expatriate German authors, Communism, Red Scare, Nazis and of course the CIA.

As you read this book you are not really reading, you are in the midst of all these events, you are living it. Someone who has been to West and East Berlin and combined Berlin you make the connection of walking or driving around Berlin. Joseph Kanon places you in the middle, best case scenario you are an invisible passenger.

This book also gives you a feel of the conditions after the destruction of World War Two. The rubble of buildings, the shortage of food, in other words, the human condition after the Big War. It delves into the politics of communism in East Berlin and how it is not as rosy as it looks from a liberal perspective sitting in Santa Monica, CA. The book portrays the fear of the citizens who just went through period of Nazi abuse, now they are experiencing the Russian and Communist mistrust.

Even though Joseph Kanon covers a lot of heavy subjects it is a fast paced, spy novel that I could not put down. If you love Spy Novels and have a couple days off this book is for you!


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Tom White
Franklin Homes Realty LLC (615) 495-0752 or www.FranklinHomesRealty.com - Franklin, TN
Franklin Homes Realty LLC, Franklin TN

Endre, I recently read that book and you're right, it's a page turner! His other books are excellent as well--one of my favorite authors.

Jul 04, 2015 05:45 AM #1
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

Hi, Endre.

I'm stopping by to wish you a Happy 4th of July. Hope you have a wonderful day. 

Jul 04, 2015 07:48 AM #2
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC


Thanks for sharing the book review for Leaving Berlin, by Joseph Kanon. Sounds like a book that will read.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Jul 04, 2015 12:51 PM #3
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Vision Quest Realty - Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Endre, both my husband and I are big spy novel fans. Will be looking for this book. Thanks for the info.

Jul 04, 2015 01:10 PM #4
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Thanks Endre.  Sounds interesting and I will put it on my list.

Jul 04, 2015 09:00 PM #5
Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert
Richmond, TX


 I love these type of books we are at LAX awaiting our flight to SAN and then on to IAH. You are right about LAX security I came through with a half a bottle of water I forgot I had "Come on In" LOL Hello to Diane from us!


Jul 05, 2015 01:42 AM #6
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

In those days America was a force that just wouldn't accept the unjust obstacles  that were injuring innocent victims .

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