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Nov 22, 2018 - 10:43 AM By Michael R.Meyer

Mr Gorbachev, tear down this wall This declamation by president Ronald Reagan when visiting Berlin in 1987 is widely cited as the clarion call that brought the Cold War to an end, The West had won, so this version of events goes, because the West had stood firm American and westen European resoluteness had brought an evil empire to its knees.Michael Meyer, in this extr Mr Gorbachev, tear down this wall This declamation by president Ronald Reagan when visiting Berlin in 1987 is widely cited as the clarion call that brought the Cold War to an end, The West had won, so this version of events goes, because the West had stood firm American and westen European resoluteness had brought an evil empire to its knees.Michael Meyer, in this extraordinarily compelling account of the revolutions that roiled Eastern Europe in 1989, begs to differ 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 that western intransigence was only one of the many factors that provoked such world shaking change.More important, Meyer contends, were the stands taken by individuals in the thick of the struggle, leaders such as poet and playwright Vaclav Havel in Prague, Lech Walesa, the quietl determined reform prime minister inBudapest Miklos Nemeth, and the manwho realized his empire was already lost and decided, with courageand intelligence, t let it goin peace, Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev.Michael Meyer captures these heady days in all their rich drama and unpredictability In doing so he provides not just a thrilling chronicle of perhaps the most important year of the 20th century but also a crucial refutation of American mythology and a misunderstanding of history that was deliberately eployed to lead the United States into some of the intractable conflicts it faces today.
  • Title: The Year that Changed the World: The Untold Story Behind the Fall of the Berlin Wall
  • Author: Michael R.Meyer
  • ISBN: 9781416558484
  • Page: 186
  • Format: Paperback

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Caroline Nov 22, 2018 - 10:43 AM
Excellent overview of events that led to the fall of communism in Eastern Europe in 1989. Meyer's position is that the US had almost nothing to do with these events. Instead he focuses on Gorbachev's reforms and his repudiation of the Brezhnev Doctrine--the USSR would no longer intervene in the bloc's affairs. He also highlights the Hungarian vanguard, young Turks within the Communist party who carefully and secretly engineered the destruction of communism not only in their own country but throu [...]
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Elise Nov 22, 2018 - 10:43 AM
Fabulous first hand account of the fall of Communism from the perspective of Michael Meyers. At the time, Meyers was based in Germany for Newsweek covering Germany and Central Europe in the years leading up to and after the fall of the Berlin Wall. We all remember Vaclav Havel in Prague and the "Velvet Revolution" and the Solidarity movement in Poland, but we don't always remember how it all fit together and the lesser known leaders and individuals that put into motion the reform that ultimately [...]
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Shawn Brace Nov 22, 2018 - 10:43 AM
This is a fantastic book, offering a lot of interesting details and analysis of what led up to the fall of the Berlin Wall and the Iron Curtain. It really provides a needed balance to the common American perspective, which is highly reductionist, of what precipitated these events (and America's role in it all). My two big complaints, which still don't cause me to lower my rating, is that there is absolutely no discussion of Pope John Paul II's role in the fall of Communism. This, to me, is incre [...]
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Michael Gerald Nov 22, 2018 - 10:43 AM
A concise yet great read, this book reveals the events that led to the democratic revolutions that toppled Communism in Eastern Europe in 1989, as seen from a correspondent's eyes. It's like a classic movie with a plethora of characters. Villains like Honecker and Ceausescu. And heroes like Walesa, Havel, and the lesser known Nemeth. On one side, a repressive system. On the other, peoples yearning for freedom, democracy, and prosperity. A thrilling read about those heady days of 1989 and a remin [...]
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Spencer Braatz Nov 22, 2018 - 10:43 AM
I just finished reading “The Year That Changed the World” by Michael Meyer. This story was about the fall of the Berlin wall and all of the events and stories surrounding it. The majority of the story focuses on the events leading up to the fall of the Berlin wall. It tells about Hungary and Romania and their reforms. It tells about the leadership in the GDR and how it crumbled in a way. This book kind of reminds me of current events that are happening in the world today. For example, The B [...]
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Nana Nov 22, 2018 - 10:43 AM
I read this book for a class on political conflict as a poli sci novice without a ton of knowledge of the specifics of this particular set of events, but if you are looking for an informed and captivating explanation of them, this one does not disappoint. You could scarcely imagine someone more in the thick of these events then Micheal Meyer, who seems to have been blessed to be at almost all the most pivotal place at the pivotal moments, from being at the right hand and confidence of the variou [...]
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Maria Nov 22, 2018 - 10:43 AM
Meyer was assigned as a Newsweek bureau chief, to Eastern Europe. He recounts his experiences interviewing various Communist leaders and the revolutionists from multiple countries that worked to bring down the Iron Curtain. From Hungary, to Poland, Czechoslovakia and Romania, Meyer's introduces the American public to the real history of the fail of communism not the dressed up remembrances of popular culture and political agendas.Why I started this book: I've been on a Berlin kick and when this [...]
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Anna-Kate Nov 22, 2018 - 10:43 AM
An interesting, mostly firsthand look at the fall of the Berlin Wall and the subsequent collapse of the Iron Curtain, told in an easy to follow narrative. I found it informative, and would definitely recommend it.
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Shanti Nov 22, 2018 - 10:43 AM
I would never have picked up this book on my own. It was required reading for school. Its format made the font tiny on my screen, but whatever. I would never have read this if not ordered to…and I really liked. I don’t agree with all of Meyers points, but as a fifteen year old I am the ‘ignorant generation” that he wrote this book for. I knew NOTHING about 1989 (my history syllabus is still in the Industrial Revolution, okay). He did presuppose a LOT of, in my case non-existent knowledge [...]
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Sumit Singh Nov 22, 2018 - 10:43 AM
Revolutions are probably never as they seem. They are admixtures of myth, idealism, opportunism, politics, intrigue, exploitation. Good and bad, the noble and the ignoble, the pure and the impure become so entangled as to be almost indistinguishable.
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Rupin Chaudhry Nov 22, 2018 - 10:43 AM
I grew up thinking that it was America’s unassailable military and economic might that brought end to communism. This book dispelled my theory. Mr. Meyer has beautifully penned down the events and movers and shakers that brought Berlin wall down and spelled the end of communism in east Europe. The wall came down because of widespread anger and frustration and sense of having had enough. The change was triggered due to some new leaders from communist camp who understood the inherent defects in [...]
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Ray Nov 22, 2018 - 10:43 AM
Michael Meyer's "The Year That Changed the World" is an excellent accounting of the dramatic events in Eastern Europe during 1989. It was interesting, informative, and intriguing. I have recollections of most the the events Meyers pulls together, e.g the Solidarity movement and Lech Walesa in Poland, the opening of the Hungarian border under PM Miklos Nemeth, Vaclev Havel in Czechoslovakia, the collapse of the Berlin Wall under Erich Honecker, and the changes under Soviet General Secretary Mikha [...]
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Joyce Nov 22, 2018 - 10:43 AM
In the beginning of the book, Meyer talks about the contribution the United States made during the last years of the cold war and how some Americans want to believe that the communist regimes crumbled almost solely because of White House manipulation -- "clever diplomacy backed by raw power." The event he specifically sites is Ronald Reagan's speech "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall." I especially found his point about George W. Bush's idolization of Reagan and misunderstanding the events to l [...]
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Jen Well-Steered Nov 22, 2018 - 10:43 AM
But should you read it? If you've kind of heard of this thing called communism but aren't really sure what it was or why some parts of Europe seem so much poorer than say, Sweden or France, this is a great book to walk you through what happened. It's also short enough that it won't take you very long to read it. Although this book was published before the Arab Spring, another interesting reason to read it is parallel between the fates of the countries that broke free of the Iron Curtain and what [...]
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Karen Nov 22, 2018 - 10:43 AM
This is a great book on the events of 1989. I was in 8th grade at the time so it was good to understand these events from a more adult perspective. Some parts of the story, like the secret coordination between parts of the Hungarian government and West Germany were kept hidden so wouldn't have been covered even at the time. Meyer was on the ground covering these events and his enthusiam and personal experiences shine through. The book is not written as an academic, impersonal way. Meyer clearly [...]
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Jocelyn Nov 22, 2018 - 10:43 AM
Concise, personal description of the events in the soviet bloc of eastern Europe in 1989, from Jaruzelski in Poland un-banning Solidarity, to the Velvet Revolution in Prague, to the kangaroo-court murder of the Ceausescu's in Romania. Some repetition, clumsy foreshadowing, and written by an american journalist for an american readership, but I still found it an exciting, readable history of that amazing year. Meyer was European correspondent for the news magazine Newsweek, which meant he was tra [...]
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Pflentov Nov 22, 2018 - 10:43 AM
I remember avidly following the unfolding events that led to the fall of the Berlin Wall in the news at the time, but I never realized the pivotal role that Miklos Nemeth, the reform minded Communist Prime Minister of Hungary, played in the collapse of Communism. The description of the events reads more like a Le Carre novel than a book on current event. Challenges much of the conventional wisdom about the US role in the fall of Communism, and should be required reading for anyone interested in [...]
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Judy Nov 22, 2018 - 10:43 AM
Okay, I always bought into the idea that Ronald Reagan's insistent challenge, "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!" precipitated the opening of the iron curtain. While Meyer, a writer for Newsweek stationed in Germany at the time, does give due respect to both Reagan and Gorbachev, he also outlines the escalating revolutions all over Eastern Europe and the various leaders even more responsible for pushing the Soviet Union over the edge, including Lech Walesa in Poland, Vaclav Havel in Czechoslov [...]
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Nicholas Nov 22, 2018 - 10:43 AM
The Year that Changed the World is an amazing behind the scenes tale of the movers and shakers behind the fall of communism in Eastern Europe. It also serves as a much needed check against American narcisism. Did the United States play a role in the demise of the Wall? Absolutely. A magical statement by Reagan followed by the implosion of communism did not. Though not spectacularly written, Meyer's personal experiences with every government and dissident group leading up to 1989 serves as an imp [...]
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Daniel Kukwa Nov 22, 2018 - 10:43 AM
I would have thought this topic would need the length of a Margaret MacMillan epic in order to do it justicebut Michael Myer proves me delightfully wrong. A concise, razor-sharp analysis of who and what was truly responsible for the 1989 fall of Eastern European communism; it certainly opened my eyes to a few key truths that should be more generally publicized. That said, the only thing that keeps this book from true greatness is the final chapter, which decides to hammer home its thesis with a [...]
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Tom Nov 22, 2018 - 10:43 AM
I found this book to be extremely interesting. I might have given it 5 stars except for the author's political sniping at the beginning, and again at the end. Through the crystal clear lens of hindsight American leaders were seen to have failed to understand the events as they unfolded, and were therefore buffoons. If eastern European communist leaders right in the middle of the same events also failed to understand they were given a pass. If only Michael Dukakis hadn't worn that silly tank unif [...]
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Robert Bannon Nov 22, 2018 - 10:43 AM
As a one time visitor to the Wall in 1981 and having passed through Check Point Charlie to see the "other side," I looked forward to reading this book. I was not disappointed. Mr. Meyer had the inside track on the major players in Eastern Europe of that time. He brings his contacts, intelligence, curiosity and insight to create the real story behind the story. His ability to bring forward into today's world the connections and lessons that we need to be aware of is an added and "spot on" bonus. [...]
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Gavin Nov 22, 2018 - 10:43 AM
I recently found Michael Meyer on the Sinica Podcast and decided to start reading. This is a firsthand account of the collapse of communism in several countries in the eastern bloc. This is a great read - especially with the description of some of the reformers and dissidents that are forgotten, especially by people in the west - people like Nemeth, Poszgay, Havel, and others. The description of events brought back vague memories of the chronology of 1989, though I couldn't have known of their i [...]
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William Nov 22, 2018 - 10:43 AM
I watched this event unfold on CNN in when I was 17. Reading this book revealed the political background from so many different sides. I once again had another tough time putting this book down. For someone who's interested in the Iron Curtain of the Eastern bloc countries specifically East Germany this is a book you should read. I can remember this happening at the time but this book gave me a much better understanding of how the Berlin Wall came down and why. Awesome read!!!!
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Juan Manuel Wills Nov 22, 2018 - 10:43 AM
It's a great story that shows hidden realities and actors that significantly influenced the events that changed the world. The Hungarian leadership, with its low profile and commitment, will certainly have an appreciation of the story better than they have received to date.Recommended for anyone who wants to know the details of these momentous events that changed the history of twentieth century
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Nathan Shepherd Nov 22, 2018 - 10:43 AM
I lived through the tail end of the Cold War, but I was too young to understand what was going on around me. This account provides good details for those of us who know little about communism, about East European politics, and about the remarkable story of how politics, economics, and dumb luck came together to usher in the fall of the Berlin Wall. All that, and it's told in a fun, engaging way. Highly recommended!
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Христо Блажев Nov 22, 2018 - 10:43 AM
Майкъл Мейер разказва за "Годината, която промени света"igolandiafo/2010/02/b Майкъл Мейер е бил кореспондент на “Нюзуик” за Източна Европа по време на знаковата 1989 г. Близо 20 години по-късно сяда да пише, защото вижда, че американците живеят с лъжливото убеждение, че САЩ са предизви [...]
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Bette Nov 22, 2018 - 10:43 AM
I'm not sure one can beat reading about an historical event written by a Newsweek bureau chief who was there and interviewing all of the right people. Insightful, direct, honest, humorous and illuminating. This ought to be required reading for millions, if only so that they may get a glimpse that luck, follies and the unforeseen unfold even as history is being made. Providence moves on the strength of commitment. Fascinating.
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Leilani Nov 22, 2018 - 10:43 AM
What a fantastic book! I would have enjoyed just a basic history of these events, which are so monumental and don't seem to get written about often enough lately, but the author provided an amazing eyewitness account of such huge events - people pouring through the Berlin Wall when it was first opened, the optimism of Prague and the dark, disturbing events in Romania He makes you feel what it was like to be there. Completely compelling the whole way through!
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Jenny Nov 22, 2018 - 10:43 AM
This was a great, engaging, readable history. I was in my early teens when the Berlin Wall fell, and I didn't really understand all that was going on behind the scenes or in other Eastern bloc countries. I learned so much by reading this book. Meyer was on the ground as this happened so is certainly qualified to tell this story.
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The Year that Changed the World: The Untold Story Behind the Fall of the Berlin Wall By Michael R.Meyer Mr Gorbachev, tear down this wall This declamation by president Ronald Reagan when visiting Berlin in 1987 is widely cited as the clarion call that brought the Cold War to an end, The West had won, so this version of events goes, because the West had stood firm American and westen European resoluteness had brought an evil empire to its knees.Michael Meyer, in this extr Mr Gorbachev, tear down this wall This declamation by president Ronald Reagan when visiting Berlin in 1987 is widely cited as the clarion call that brought the Cold War to an end, The West had won, so this version of events goes, because the West had stood firm American and westen European resoluteness had brought an evil empire to its knees.Michael Meyer, in this extraordinarily compelling account of the revolutions that roiled Eastern Europe in 1989, begs to differ 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 that western intransigence was only one of the many factors that provoked such world shaking change.More important, Meyer contends, were the stands taken by individuals in the thick of the struggle, leaders such as poet and playwright Vaclav Havel in Prague, Lech Walesa, the quietl determined reform prime minister inBudapest Miklos Nemeth, and the manwho realized his empire was already lost and decided, with courageand intelligence, t let it goin peace, Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev.Michael Meyer captures these heady days in all their rich drama and unpredictability In doing so he provides not just a thrilling chronicle of perhaps the most important year of the 20th century but also a crucial refutation of American mythology and a misunderstanding of history that was deliberately eployed to lead the United States into some of the intractable conflicts it faces today.

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