Berlin Journal, 1989-1990

Robert Darnton (Author)

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“Makes us appreciate something of what it felt like for Germans East and West as the world ended.” —Anthony Bailey, New York Times Book Review

Shock waves from the fall of the Berlin Wall in November 1989 continue to pulse through German society. As the difficult process of reunification continues, it is worth recalling the revolutionary moment when immense crowds took to the streets of Leipzig and Berlin under the banner “We Are the People” and brought down one of the world’s most oppressive dictatorships. Robert Darnton’s eyewitness account of those historic days “is direct and vivid. His prose conveys the immediacy of the drama.” He gives us a memorable cast of characters, from two experts on the repair of broken-down Trabis to the environmental councilor for the polluted city of Bitterfeld, and Isaak Behar, a Jew who managed to survive the Holocaust while hiding in wartime Berlin. With wit and insight Darnton takes us behind the scenes to meet “ordinary people grappling with great change, humanizing history.”

Book Details

  • Paperback
  • July 1993
  • ISBN 978-0-393-31018-4
  • 5.5 × 8.3 in / 336 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide

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