Sunday, December 14, 2014

"Tear down that Wall!" not the real story

As I said before, the sight of the Berlin Wall going down under attack by German citizens brought tears of joy to my eyes.  It turns out that a lot of Americans think it came down because Reagan said "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down that wall!"  The real story is very different, one of a near-miss Tiananmen II planned by the GDR and a victory for dissidents.

Watch a talk on BookTV by Mary Elise Sarotte, author of The Collapse: The Accidental Opening of the Berlin Wall and the book she wrote about the aftermath, 1989: The Struggle to Create Post-Cold War Europe

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