The Wall: The People's Story

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The story of the Berlin Wall, from the perspective of the people who lived in its shadow, including a new chapter on what happened after the wall came down
 
For almost three decades, the Cold War was focused on Berlin, where the two (nuclear-armed) sides were kept apart by a 12-foot wall, which had appeared almost overnight in August 1961. For a generation, until its fall in November 1989, it not only divided the city of Berlin, but also ...

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Overview

The story of the Berlin Wall, from the perspective of the people who lived in its shadow, including a new chapter on what happened after the wall came down
 
For almost three decades, the Cold War was focused on Berlin, where the two (nuclear-armed) sides were kept apart by a 12-foot wall, which had appeared almost overnight in August 1961. For a generation, until its fall in November 1989, it not only divided the city of Berlin, but also symbolized the confrontation between capitalist West and socialist East. In this astonishing book, journalist Christopher Hilton collected the individual stories of those whose lives it affected, including international politicians, American and British soldiers, East German border guards, and, most importantlty, the citizens of Berlin itself, West and East. Weaving their memories together into a remarkable narrative, this is the extraordinarily vivid, occasionally harrowing, and often touching story of a city divided, and of how it affected the lives of real people.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Excellent account . . . timely and exhaustively detailed."  —Sunday Times

"The most complete narrative . . . of the Wall’s demise."  —Sunday Telegraph

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780752458335
  • Publisher: The History Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2011
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 480
  • Product dimensions: 4.80 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Christopher Hilton was a journalist and the author of more than 20 books, including After the Berlin Wall, Hitler's Olympics, and numerous titles on sports.

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Table of Contents

List of Maps v
Acknowledgements vii
Prologue xi
1 Fault Line 1
2 Saturday Night 29
3 And Sunday Morning 43
4 First Week of the Rest of Your Life 95
5 Cold as Ice 152
6 The Strangeness 208
7 The Bullet Run 239
8 Thaw 277
9 A Quiet Night Like This 309
10 Dawn 349
11 Pieces 367
Notes 408
Bibliography 430
The Death Strip: The Toll 435
Index 438
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