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Wall: The Inside Story of Divided Berlin

Wyden, Peter

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ISBN 10: 0671555103 / ISBN 13: 9780671555108
Published by Simon and Schuster, 1989
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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Title: Wall: The Inside Story of Divided Berlin

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

Publication Date: 1989

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Good

Signed: Inscribed by Author(s)

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Discusses the events surrounding the erection of the Berlin Wall, the Wall's devastating effect on those living near it, and its major impact on East-West relations

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Erected in 1961 to stop the mass exodus of East Germans to the West, the Berlin Wall is a grim symbol of the Cold War. Wyden describes superpower confrontations in which the Wall has been central, and reveals in detail the policies and punishments imposed on citizens who either try to cross it or merely express a desire to live in the West. The story of Ota and Barbel Grubel is typical: the couple was imprisoned and forced to give up their children for adoption after an escape attempt in 1973. Among the successful escapes we read of here is the dramatic 1979 flight in a hot-air balloon by the Gunther Wetzel family. Wyden ( The Passionate War ) concludes that reunification of the two countries is unlikely in the foreseeable future, given the magnitude of the ideological and cultural chasm separating them and the disparity in national value systems. That disparity is forcefully elucidated in these pages, and makes very clear why thousands of East Germans are taking advantage of the recent opening of the border between Hungary and Austria. Photos. BOMC selection.
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