1989 The Berlin Wall: My Part In Its Downfall

1989 The Berlin Wall: My Part In Its Downfall
Goodreads Rating: 4.07
Author: Peter Millar
Category: History
Published: April 1st 2010 by Arcadia Books (first published October 1st 2009)
Pages: 220 pages
Language English

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 heart of cold war Europe and chronicled the fall not only of the Soviet Union but of Communism as well. From the hitchhiking trip that helped him discover a secret path into a career in journalism and the carousing bars of Fleet Street in the 1970s to the East Berlin corner pub with its eclectic cast of customers who taught him the truth about living on the wrong side of the Wall, this autobiography provides detailed insight into the domino effect that swept through Eastern Europe and how the author felt as he opened his Stasi files to discover which of his friends had actually been spying on him.

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