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1989 The Berlin Wall: My Part In Its Downfall
by Peter Millar
Capturing the zeitgeist of the Soviet era, journalist Peter Millar recounts his experiences reporting on the collapse of the Berlin Wall, when he was trapped in Checkpoint Charlie between bemused East German border guards and drunk Western revelers prematurely celebrating the end of an era. Having lived in East Berlin and even Moscow, Millar took a wild journey into the he...more
Paperback, 220 pages
Published April 1st 2010 by Arcadia Books
(first published October 1st 2009)
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A rather light-hearted account of a journalist's life behind the Iron Curtain before the Wall came down. You feel that there could be a hefty, scholarly history about the Cold War written by this author, but unfortunately - or fortunately - he went down the pub instead of writing it and wrote this instead. Journalists wear their scholastic abilities lightly (until the day they become a news anchor when they seem desperate to inform everyone of what a serious investigative journalist they are) an...more
A fantastic book from a unique perspective about the human face of the fall of the Berlin Wall. The author manages to explain the end of the Cold War, as nations fall around him. Hidden within the pages are real human stories about families separated based on Post Code boundaries. I really recommend this book to others, the Author has a really enjoyable writing style based on his career as a journalist for Reuters, The Sunday Telegraph and The Sunday Times.
Having visited Berlin recently and experienced the fascinating place it is I wanted to read about what it was like before the wall came down - when two very different systems lived side by side but didn't interact. This book provides a fascinating account of what it was like and the Alice in Wonderland logic of the communist regime. An excellent account of a pivotal moment in our recent history; the miracle of freedom triumphing over oppression.
I heard him read from this book recently, and he is an entertaining speaker and writer. This covered his years as a reporter for Reuters and later the Sunday Telegraph and Times. He was based in East Berlin, Warsaw and Moscow during the 80's and indeed made it back to Berlin on the evening the wall came down. An intriguing and very readable account of a tumultuous year and journalists treading a line between fact and fiction.