The Year That Changed the World : The Untold Story Behind the Fall of the Berlin Wall; Library Edition (CompactDisc)

Author: Meyer, Michael

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On the twentieth anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, Michael Meyer provides a riveting eyewitness account of the collapse of communism in Eastern Europe that brilliantly rewrites our conventional understanding of how the Cold War came to an end and holds important lessons for America''s current geopolitical challenges.

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Publisher Tantor Media Inc
Mfg Part# 9781400144426
SKU 212076689
Format CD
ISBN10 1400144426
Release Date 11/1/2009
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Dimensions (in Inches) 7H x 7L x 1T
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"[B]rilliant....The good historian is a myth buster. Michael Meyer is a very good historian....The myth he busts in this book concerns the contribution the United States made to the collapse of communist regimes that year....I had occasionally to remind myself that I was reading nonfiction; history is seldom written with such verve. The book is a two-for-one deal: a fine piece of analysis and a fascinating personal memoir."
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Editors Note In this extraordinarily compelling account of the revolutions that roiled Eastern Europe in 1989, Michael Meyer shows that American intransigence was only one of many factors that provoked world-shaking change. Meyer draws together breathtakingly vivid, on-the-ground accounts of the rise of the Solidarity movement in Poland, the stealth opening of the Hungarian border, the Velvet Revolution in Prague and the collapse of the infamous wall in Berlin. But the most important events, Meyer contends, occurred secretly, in the heroic stands taken by individuals in the thick of the struggle, leaders such as poet and playwright Vaclav Havel in Prague; the Baltic shipwright Lech Walesa; the quietly determined reform prime minister in Budapest, Miklos Nemeth; and the man who privately realized that his empire was already lost, and decided -- with courage and intelligence -- to let it go in peace, Soviet general secretary of the communist party, Mikhail Gorbachev.||Reporting for Newsweek from the frontlines in Eastern Europe, Meyer spoke to these players and countless others. Alongside their deliberate interventions were also the happenstance and human error of history that are always present when events accelerate to breakneck speed. Meyer captures these heady days in all of their rich drama and unpredictability. In doing so he provides not just a thrilling chronicle of the most important year of the twentieth century but also a crucial refutation of American political mythology and a triumphal misunderstanding of history that seduced the United States into many of the intractable conflicts it faces today. THE YEAR THAT CHANGED THE WORLD will change not only how we see the past, but also our understanding of America's future.
Editors Note 1 On the twentieth anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, Michael Meyer provides a riveting eyewitness account of the collapse of communism in Eastern Europe that brilliantly rewrites our conventional understanding of how the Cold War came to an end and holds important lessons for America's current geopolitical challenges.
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Number of Pages 6
Publisher Tantor Media
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