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The zookeepers' war : an incredible true story from the Cold War

Uniform Title
Zoo der Anderen. English
The zookeepers' war : an incredible true story from the Cold War / J.W. Mohnhaupt ; translated by Shelley Frisch.
First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2019.
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Physical Description
261 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 22 cm
"Originally published in 2017 in Germany as Der Zoo der Anderen by Carl Hanser Verlag"--Title page verso.
Translation of: Der Zoo der Anderen : als die Stasi ihr Herz für Brillenbären entdeckte & Helmut Schmidt mit Pandas nachrüstete. ©2017.
"The unbelievable true story of the Cold War's strangest proxy war, fought between the zoos on either side of the Berlin Wall and unlike anything readers have heard before. This historical piece is an epic tale of desperate rivalries, human follies, and an animal-mad city."-- Publisher's description.
In the 1960s, the East Berlin zoo was spacious and lush, a socialist utopia where everything was perfectly planned-- but rarely successfully finished. Berlin's two zoos became symbols of the divided city's two halves. Eventually the head zookeepers on either side started an animal arms race: competing to have the most pandas and hippos. State funds were 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. Mohnhaupt tells a tale of desperate rivalries, human follies, and an animal-mad city in which zookeeping became a way of continuing politics by other means. -- adapted from jacket
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Online version: Mohnhaupt, Jan, 1983- author. Zookeepers' war New York : Simon & Schuster, 2019
Added to Catalog
January 14, 2020
Includes bibliographical references (pages 235-248) and index.
Prologue: Animal people
War and crocodile tail soup
The zoo on the other side
The fourth man
Pandas and prestige
The zoo of the future
Big plans, little fish
Golden times in the golden cage
The gray giant comes tumbling down
Epilogue: Old men, new era.

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