11.08.09

Berlin: 20 Years Later

The Daily Beast remembers the night the Berlin Wall came down—Peter Beinart writes on the myth of Reagan, Ana Finel Honigman on the art of the wall, former Ambassador Robert Kimmitt on German reunification, Tim Mohr on a government plot to bring down the wall, and more.

The Myth of the Wall's Fall
By Peter Beinart

The Berlin Wall, toppled 20 years ago today, was brought down by Ronald Reagan's hawkish stand, right? Peter Beinart explodes conventional wisdom—crediting Reagan's dovish side instead.

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The Art of the Wall
By Ana Finel Honigman

From banned photography to a powerful documentary to street performances, Berlin’s artistic community celebrates Communism’s fall. VIEW OUR GALLERY.

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The Fall of the Wall: The Rise of Freedom
By Robert M. Kimmitt

The first U.S. ambassador to a newly unified Germany recounts his memories of the fall of the wall, and looks ahead to a Europe that's just as whole.

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Scaling the Berlin Wall
By Michael R. Meyer

As the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall approaches, journalist Michael Meyer looks back at the years he spent astride it. An exclusive excerpt from The Year the World Changed.

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Berlin Wall Legend Shattered
By Tim Mohr

New revelations in Germany have shattered the official story on how the wall came down 20 years ago. Far from a spontaneous protest, it was a carefully planned government plot.

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Did Punk Rock Tear Down the Wall?
By Tim Mohr

The untold story of East Germany's anarchic underground punk scene and the critical role it played bringing down the Berlin Wall.

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4 Great Books on the Cold War
By The Daily Beast

On the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, The Daily Beast sorts through the best new and old books on the Cold War and the fall of communism.

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