The Year That Changed the World

The Year That Changed the World

Book - 2009
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Baker & Taylor
A former Newsweek bureau chief and current director of communications for the UN's secretary-general describes the collapse of communism in eastern Europe and the end of the Cold War and challenges popular misconceptions, including those about America's role.

& Taylor

Describes the collapse of communism in Eastern Europe in1989 and the end of the Cold War, and challenges popular misconceptions, including those about America's role.

Simon and Schuster
A riveting, eyewitness account of the collapse of communism in Eastern Europe and the end of the Cold War from the Newsweek Bureau Chief in that region at the time.

Twenty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, many still believe it was the words of President Ronald Regan, “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!,” that brought the Cold War to an end. Michael Meyer disagrees, and in this extraordinarily compelling account, explains why.

Drawing together breathtakingly vivid, on-the-ground accounts of the rise of Solidarity in Poland, the stealth opening of the Hungarian border, the Velvet Revolution in Prague, and the collapse of the infamous wall in Berlin, Meyer shows how American intransigence contributed little to achieving such world-shaking change. In his reporting from the frontlines of the revolution in Eastern Europe between 1988 and 1992, he interviewed a wide range of local leaders, including VÁclav Havel and Lech Walesa. Meyer’s descriptions of the way their brave stands were decisive in bringing democracy to Eastern Europe provide a crucial refutation of a misunderstanding of history that has been deliberately employed to help push the United States into the intractable conflicts it faces today.

Publisher: New York, NY : Scribner, 2009
Edition: First Scribner hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781416558453
Branch Call Number: 943.0009 MEYER MEYER
Notes: "Scribner nonfiction original hardcover."


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Jun 01, 2014

I think the synopsis, as described under the Description tab ("Written at the lowest reading levels, the 50 page story structure...") is not related to the book in the title, which recounts the downfall of Communist regimes in 1989.

rsmbarlow Oct 09, 2012

What a great book! A real insider's view of an amazing sequence of events. Very readable - hard to put down.

Jun 24, 2012

An engrossing read that tells a complex story simply and passionately. There is a reason why the author is now speech writer to Ban Ki Moon - his prose is effortless. A dramatic on-the-spot review of the events, this is one of the best political histories out there.

Aug 26, 2010

Full of human detail and thoughtful insights based on eyewitness accounts about a pivotal period of world history, and it holds your attention like a thriller. You'll enjoy the ride, and there are ample citations at the back to satisfy your resulting appetite to learn more.


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