The Berlin Wall

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The Berlin Wall

By Norman Gelb
Times Books, 1987
321 pp. $19.95

An American network correspondent on the spot during the Berlin crisis has written a facile account of what he rightly sees as an event of dramatic importance: the building of the Berlin Wall, with its lasting implications for the city, the two Germanies and East-West relations. A popular retelling of a familiar story, emphasizing Western unpreparedness and initial passivity. Marred by historical inaccuracies and, in places, by inadequate documentation.

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