New York Times When the Wall Came Down

The Berlin Wall and the Fall of Soviet Communism

Serge Schmemann

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Now in paperback, current events get in-depth treatment in this exciting series produced in collaboration with the New York Times. First-person narratives by the world-renowned newspaper's award-winning journalists tell the stories behind the headlines.

This compelling account carries readers back to Berlin, Germany, in 1989, on the night that the Berlin Wall fell. From the moment his East German assistant bursts into his West Berlin office to tell him that the wall is open, Serge Schmemann is in the thick of things, taking readers along with him as he witnesses the celebration when the wall is opened and the dramatic changes that follow. From this unique perspective, readers learn about the Berlin Wall, its construction, and what it symbolized to the world.

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Chapter One

A Knock on the Door

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

VOYA
"[A] very valuable account of the end of the Cold War in Germany"
 
Publishers Weekly
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.
 
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
Serge Schmemann

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Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
Kingfisher
October 2007
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780753461532
ISBN10: 0753461536
Middle-Grade Nonfiction
7 1/2 x 9 1/2 inches, 128 pages, Photographs throughout
Age Range: 12 and up
Grade Range: 7 and up
$10.95

Hardcover

Hardcover
Kingfisher
May 2006
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780753459942
ISBN10: 0753459949
Young Adult Nonfiction
9 1/2 x 7 1/2 inches, 128 pages
Age Range: 12 and up
Grade Range: 7 and up
$15.95
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