1989, the Berlin Wall
My Part in Its DownfallBook - 2009
It was an event that changed history, bringing the Cold War to a sudden, unexpected end. Peter Millar was in the middle of it, literally: caught in Checkpoint Charlie between bemused East German border guards and drunk western revellers prematurely celebrating the end of an era. For over a decade Millar had been living not just in East Berlin but also Warsaw and Moscow. In this engaging, garrulous, bibulous memoir we follow him on a journey into the heart of Cold War Europe. From the hitchhiking trip that helped him discover a secret path into a career in journalism, through the carousing bars of Fleet Street in the seventies, to the East Berlin corner pub with its eclectic cast of customers who taught him the truth about living on the wrong side of the Wall. We relive the night it all disintegrated, gain insight into the domino effect that swept through Eastern Europe in its aftermath and find out how the author felt as he opened the Stasi files and discovered which of his friends had - or had not - been spying on him.
Publisher: London : Arcadia Books, 2009.
Branch Call Number: 943. 1550878 MIL M
Characteristics: ix, 220 p.,  p. of plates : ill., maps, ports. ; 22 cm.
Alternative Title: Nineteen eighty-nine, the Berlin Wall