This book gives the background to the Berlin Wall, with the iron Curtain and the Berlin Blockade. it gives an account of the building of the Wall, and international reaction. The next chapter looks at life in the two Berlins from the 1960s to the early 1980s, including espionage and the various defections and fatalities associated with the Wall. The last chapters are concerned with Glasnost, the collapse of communism and the Wall, and the experience of German reunification. This book is part of a series which presents children with historical evidence of different viewpoints on key events of the 20th century.