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When The Wall Came Down: The Berlin Wall And The Fall Of Soviet Communism
With full-colour maps and photographs throughout, this title presents the story of the Berlin Wall, from construction to destruction, from the point of view of a journalist who covered its fall.
Published April 27th 2007 by Not Avail
(first published May 10th 2006)
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The reason why Serge Schmemann, the author of When The wall Came down: The Berlin Wall And The Fall of Soviet Communism, wrote the book is because he wanted to inform people on what happened during the time when the wall was up and also after it came down. Schmemann also wanted to tell people of the horrible things that the wall did to families and loved ones. East Germans would do just about anything to be with their loved ones in West Germany and would sometimes die in the process of trying to ...more
Schmemann, who was a New York Times correspondent in Germany when the Berlin Wall came down, talks about how the Berlin Wall came to be, with WWII's conclusion quickly followed by the rise of the Cold War. With East Germans, eager to flee their now-Communist country fleeing in vast numerous to West Germany via Berlin, the Communist leaders built the wall and sought to solidify power throughout Eastern Europe. However, decades later, the people in East Germany began calling for change, and ...more
The book "When the Wall Came Down: The Berlin Wall and The Fall of Soviet Communism" is a revealing story about a reporter who lives next to those who live in West Berlin. The story starts off in 1989 during the cold war. Serge Schmemann or the reporter tells the reader how he saw and heard things during the time of the fall of the Berlin Wall. In the story you find out about how the Soviet Communists treated East Berliners. I think that how the East Berliners were treated is cruel and inhuman ...more
This book was a very good read especially if you were to be researching the Berlin Wall. The way Serge Schmemann wrote this book made it very easy to understand what was happening during the time of the Berlin Wall, the rise, stand, and fall of the wall were greatly portrayed. The fact that the author put personal stories into the book made it comical and easier to read. Overall, a very good read.
Pretty good brief introduction to the years leading up to and immediately after the fall of the Berlin Wall written by the former Germany NY Times bureau chief. A bit thin at times, though Schmemann covers a lot of territory in a short amount of time. Nice design and nice touch putting appropriate NY Times articles in the back as a reference. I like these books.
Serge Schmemann opens up with a funny scene. He wrote the book about the Berlin wall, but he made sure to add a little humor into the book as to make it easier to read. If anyone wants to read about the Berlin wall and its fall, I would suggest this book.