9780470496688

The Fall of the Berlin Wall

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  • ISBN13:

    9780470496688

  • ISBN10:

    0470496681

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-10-05
  • Publisher: Wiley
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Summary

William F. Buckley Jr. reflects on the event that marked the fall of Communism in EuropeThe fall of the Berlin Wall in November 1989 was the turning point in the struggle against Communism in Eastern Europe. The culmination of popular uprisings in Hungary, Poland, and East Germany, the Wall's fall led inexorably to revolutions in Czechoslovakia and Romania, the reunification of Germany, and, ultimately, the disintegration of the Soviet Union itself.In this book, American conservative pioneer and National Review founder William F. Buckley, Jr. explains how and why the Cold War ended as it did-and what lessons we can draw from the experience. Writing with his legendary wit and insight, he brings to life Communism's last gasp, showing how Reagan's hard-nosed foreign policy and Gorbachev's reforms undermined Warsaw Pact dictators, emboldened dissidents, and finally made the dream of freedom a reality in Eastern Europe. Written by one of America's most erudite-and influential-political thinkers and writers. Includes a new foreword by Henry Kissinger marking the 20th anniversary of the opening of the Berlin Wall Hailed as "eloquent [and] immensely readable" (Baltimore Sun), this account "celebrates the tenacity of the human spirit and the will to achieve freedom" (Publishers Weekly).Sure to delight conservatives, annoy liberals, and enlighten everyone who reads it, The Fall of the Berlin Wall is William F. Buckley, Jr. at his inimitable best.

Author Biography

The late William F. Buckley Jr.?was an award-winning author, editor, columnist, television host, lecturer, and adventurer. A father of modern conservative thought in America, he founded National Review in 1955, started writing his syndicated "On the Right" newspaper column in 1962, and began hosting the Emmy Award–winning Firing Line in 1966. His many bestselling books include God and Man at Yale, Atlantic High, Airborne, and ten Blackford Oakes spy novels. Buckley?was?awarded thirty-five honorary degrees and received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1991.

Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Ulbricht's Berlin Problem
The Continuing Crisis
In the Shadow of the Wall
The Wall Came Tumbling Down
The End of the Cold War
Notes
Index
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