The Berlin Exchange

By Joseph Kanon,

Book cover of The Berlin Exchange

Book description

'A modern master at work' THE TIMES
'Heart-poundingly suspenseful' WASHINGTON POST
'Joseph Kanon owns this corner of the literary landscape' LEE CHILD

Berlin. 1963. The height of the Cold War and an early morning spy swap. On one side of the trade: Martin Keller, an American physicist who once made…

Shepherd is reader supported. When you buy books, we may earn an affiliate commission.

Why read it?

1 author picked The Berlin Exchange as one of their favorite books. Why do they recommend it?

Okay, I like almost anything that is set in Berlin because I lived and “worked” there during the Cold War, but Canon really brings it in this tightly woven story of Martin Keller, a hapless former convict who has been co-opted to work for the CIA in East Berlin.

From the first page, paranoia sets in, as it must on anyone working against the Communist regime of East Germany, when Keller embarks on his own agenda to save himself and, more importantly, the family he loves.

Kanon re-creates the tension of a divided Berlin while his well-drawn characters try to…

Want books like The Berlin Exchange?

Our community of 10,000+ authors has personally recommended 100 books like The Berlin Exchange.

Browse books like The Berlin Exchange

5 book lists we think you will like!

Interested in Berlin, the Cold War, and presidential biography?

10,000+ authors have recommended their favorite books and what they love about them. Browse their picks for the best books about Berlin, the Cold War, and presidential biography.

Berlin Explore 105 books about Berlin
The Cold War Explore 233 books about the Cold War
Presidential Biography Explore 19 books about presidential biography