I do more than sell books. I also do presentations on subjects related to Cold War Berlin. (You can see some of my presentations on the "Recorded Interviews" page.) Let me do a presentation for your group! I LOVE doing them, and I charge NO presentation fee! I mostly do ZOOM presentations, but I can come to your location and do one in person, if we can arrange to cover the travel costs. (I live in Tucson, so I can drive to any location in Arizona or Central/Southern California).
- Steinstuecken's Cold War history
- The 1946 Berlin Elections. In October 1946, Berlin held city-wide elections. The city had been occupied jointly by the Americans, Soviets, British and French for over a year. Berlin citizens had a chance to show their preference for the Soviet approach to the postwar world or the Western approach, with their votes. The world viewed the election as a referendum on Soviet Communism versus the West. These elections were, arguably, one of the first battles of the Cold War.
- The Quadripartite, or "Four Power" Agreement of 1972. 2022 is the 50th anniversary of a landmark agreement in the Cold War. The early 1970s were the time of "detente," a lessening of tensions between East and West. West German chancellor Willy Brandt's "Ostpolitik" had created the opportunity to improve relations between East and West Germany. The Four Power Agreement, between the WWII Allied powers, allowed East and West Germany to negotiate agreements that made it possible for East and West Germans to vist each other much more freely. It also guaranteed the (relatively) free flow of civilian traffic between West Berlin and West Germany.
- New for 2023 and 2024: The Berlin Blockade. Next year is the 75th anniversary of one of the most momentous events of the Cold War: the start of the "Berlin Blockade." In June of 1948, the Soviet Union blocked rail, road and canal traffic between West Germany and West Berlin. This is widely accepted as the event that kicked off the "hot" phase of the Cold War. I am sure there will be many presentations in 2023 and 2024 on the Berlin Airlift itself. I can offer presentations on the political and social issues that were also part of the "Berlin Crisis." I can describe the geopolitical challenges that the U.S. faced, as it weighed whether it was worth the risk to support West Berlin---and thus antagonize the USSR and risk sparking a third World War. I can also discuss the courage West Berliners showed as they not only dealt with the many challenges the blockade caused, but refused to buckle to Soviet pressure. This made them heroes, in the eyes of many Americans. I'm sure you'll find these stories inspiring.
Interested? I hope so! E-mail me at email@example.com. (And, I cover all of these subjects in my book!)