Wall: The Inside Story Of Divided Berlin

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Wall: The Inside Story Of Divided Berlin

By Peter Wyden
Simon & Schuster, 1989
762 pp. $27.50
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The opening of the Berlin Wall, which came just as his book was published, surprised Wyden as much as the rest of us, but his book is little the less absorbing for its lack of foresight. For those interested in policy, his insights about the building of the wall itself, especially actions within the East German regime, are fresh. For others it is a gripping human account of a city split in half, written by a native Berliner and only slightly marred by some casual prose and loose editing.

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