The Berlin Wall

The Berlin Wall : 13 August 1961 - 9 November 1989

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During the night of 12-13 August 1961, a barbed-wire entanglement was hastily constructed through the heart of Berlin. It metamorphosed into a structure that would come to symbolise the insanity of the Cold War: the Berlin Wall. Frederick Taylor tells the story of the post-war political conflict that led to a divided Berlin and unleashed an East-West crisis, which lasted until the very people the Wall had been built to imprison breached it on 9 November 1989. Weaving together history, original archive research and personal stories, "The Berlin Wall" is the definitive account of a divided city and its people in a time when humanity seemed to stand permanently on the edge of destruction.show more

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  • Paperback
  • 111 x 178mm
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Export ed
  • 0747589178
  • 9780747589174

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'A story of great drama and human interest' The Times 'An authoritative account of a defining era in recent world history' Good Book Guide 'Taylor's story is a thorough attempt to preserve the historical record before the moths of fading or false memory devour it An intelligent and well-researched account. His most commendable achievement is to have resuscitated those who died because of the Wall' Nicholas Shakespeare, Daily Telegraph 'This is a fine book, perfectly balanced between historical analysis and lively anecdote and written with great verve' Literary Reviewshow more

About Frederick Taylor

Frederick Taylor was educated at Aylesbury Grammar School, and read History and Modern Languages at Oxford, and did postgraduate work at Sussex University. He is the author of the acclaimed bestseller, Dresden and he edited and translated The Goebbels Diaries. He lives in Cornwall.show more