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When the Wall Came Down: The Berlin Wall and the Fall of Soviet Communism

by Serge Schmemann

Published by A New York Times Book/ Kingfisher, 2006
127 pages
ISBN: 0753459949

Ages 11 and older

Serge Schmemann was the Bonn (Germany) bureau chief for the New York Times in the late 1980s and early 1990s. This riveting account of the fall of the Berlin Wall in November 1989, provides both historical and political context for the event that changed the world. Schmemann weaves a cogent account of the rise and fall of communism in Eastern Europe into a commentary that captures the excitement and frenzy surrounding the Wall’s fall, which he witnessed firsthand, as well as the challenges that a reunified Germany faced. Numerous photographs and original New York Times articles written by Schmemann and others before, during, and after the fall are also featured, along with a helpful timeline and extensive list of articles for further reading. CCBC Category: Historical People, Places, and Events.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center


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