Marking 30 years since German reunification, Iain MacGregor shares his vivid and poignant exploration of the history of the Berlin Wall through the lens of interwoven first-person experiences. East Germany committed a billion dollars to the creation of the Berlin Wall in the early 1960s, an eleven-foot-high barrier consisting of seventy-nine miles of fencing, 300 watchtowers, 250 guard dog runs, and twenty bunkers, operated around the clock by guards who shot to kill. Iain’s book includes never-before-heard interviews with the men who built and dismantled the Wall; children who crossed it; relatives and friends who lost loved ones trying to escape over it; military policemen and soldiers who guarded the checkpoints; CIA, MI6, and Stasi operatives who oversaw operations at and across its borders; politicians whose ambitions shaped it; journalists who recorded its story; and many more whose living memories contributed to the full story.
‘A vivid account’ Times
‘a story as gripping as any wartime escape drama’ Mail on Sunday
Iain MacGregor as an editor and publisher of nonfiction, has over twenty-five years’ experience of working with authors such as Melvyn Bragg, John Nichol, Simon Schama, and Max Hastings, to name but a very few.
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