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The Berlin Defence and The Open Games for Black by Lysyj & Ovetchkin sounds like a good repertoire - though a huge amount to dig into :)
I noticed Kritz has some Chesslectures videos as well on the Berlin Wall - might be a good start.
Just fo the record, the Marin book doesn't advocate the two knights. It gives the Bc5 lines against the Italian. I'm sure pfren knew this, but I don't think that was clear up above.
Emms has a repertoire book on beating the open games that features the two knights if you wanna go that way. But Marin's book is better, fo sure.
I've had a few wins with the Brooklyn Defense, a modified Alekhine that retreats the knight to g8 after 2. e5. Works nicely as a surprise, because few have ever seen it before. The basic idea is that the black knight has better options from g8 than b3, and the extra tempo White gains from c4 in the usual Alekhine's is avoided.
An idea from Wikipedia is the Planinc Variation to Alekhine's. I've tried it a couple times but find it far too risky. White has to ponder his sixth move carefully but if he spends enough time he can pull through.
Overall, yes Alekhine's is difficult when playing against an experienced opponent. I think the main use for the opening would be in speed chess. White's pawn structure can hold and become like a python squeezing all the life out of Black.
I have watched many games with the Modern Defense and it seldom goes well for Black.
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