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New York Times When the Wall Came Down

The Berlin Wall and the Fall of Soviet Communism

New York Times

Serge Schmemann

Kingfisher

This is history as only an eyewitness can tell it. In 1989, veteran journalist Serge Schmemann was in his hotel room when his assistant from East Germany burst in with some incredible news: the Berlin Wall was open. Serge jumped into the first cab he could find and raced to the wall in time to witness one of the great moments of European history.

Including articles from the archives of The New York Times, this gripping narrative tells the whole story, from the division of Germany after World War II, to life in the Communist East, to the massive protests that brought an end to the Eastern Bloc, and the fall of the Berlin Wall.

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Chapter One
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A Knock on the Door
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November 9, 1989. A chilly evening in West Berlin. I was in my hotel room,
writing furiously on my laptop. The stories were breaking fast. The
Communist government in East Germany was in crisis. All through the
autumn, East Germans had been fleeing their country in droves through
Hungary and Czechoslovakia. Even greater numbers had been holding regular
marches in East German cities, demanding reform. The government's
authority was crumbling. Every day there were new changes, new
announcements, new surprises.
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Praise for New York Times When the Wall Came Down

Publishers Weekly
This compelling account of the Berlin Wall's demise and the subsequent fall of the Eastern Bloc launches a new line of New York Times books...This standout debut should captivate readers' interest in one of the most climactic events of the late 20th century.
 
Children's Literature
This is a well-written look at the fall of the Berlin Wall, the events leading up to it, and the realities a united Germany faced after the wall's demise...Photographs throughout the text are well chosen and show the human aspect of the decades-long engagement.
 
VOYA 
A very valuable history of the end of the Cold War in Germany.
 
School Library Journal
This book offers more complete coverage than Jeremy Smith's The Fall of the Berlin Wall (World Almanac Library, 2004), and Schmemann's personal perspective and the numerous articles will help readers understand the intensity of feeling that surrounded this event.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Serge Schmemann

  • Serge Schmemann served as Bonn bureau chief for The New York Times from 1987 to 1991 and won a Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of the reunification of Germany. Mr. Schmemann currently lives in Paris, France, where he is editorial page editor for The International Herald Tribune.
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New York Times When the Wall Came Down

The Berlin Wall and the Fall of Soviet Communism

New York Times

Serge Schmemann

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