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Publisher Description

“This vivid account of the Wall and all that it meant reminds us that symbolism can be double-edged, as a potent emblem of isolation and repression became, in its destruction, an even more powerful totem of freedom.” — The Atlantic Monthly

NOW WITH AN UPDATED EPILOGUE 30 YEARS AFTER THE FALL OF THE WALL

On the morning of August 13, 1961, the residents of East Berlin found themselves cut off from family, friends, and jobs in the West by a tangle of barbed wire that ruthlessly split a city of four million in two. Within days the barbed-wire entanglement would undergo an extraordinary metamorphosis: it became an imposing 103-mile-long wall guarded by three hundred watchtowers. A physical manifestation of the struggle between Soviet Communism and American capitalism that stood for nearly thirty years, the Berlin Wall was the high-risk fault line between East and West on which rested the fate of all humanity.

In the definitive history on the subject, Frederick Taylor weaves together official history, archival materials, and personal accounts to tell the complete story of the Wall's rise and fall.

GENRE
History
RELEASED
2009
October 13
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
528
Pages
PUBLISHER
HarperCollins e-books
SELLER
HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS
SIZE
4.2
MB

Customer Reviews

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Good book -- riddled with typos.

Taylor's book is a good read. It focuses mainly on the events leading up to the building of the wall in 1961 -- and the period shortly thereafter. The 70s and 80s and mostly glossed and the events of 1989 are handled fairly quickly. But it's worth checking out if the topic interests you.

EXCEPT:

Dear Apple,

What's up with all of the typos? Nearly one per page. Random misspellings, mostly. Which isn't a problem in English, but when they would happen in a German word or phrase -- very frustrating to have to second guess everything ("wait -- is that the actual word, or is it misspelled?"). Not sure who to blame for this, but it's a mess. If I see this kind of thing too often with digital books, I'm going to probably stop buying them.

Love,
Josh

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