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A WESTERNER BEHIND THE IRON CURTAIN
on 18 August 2010
This book is good for giving readers an overview of the events that happened in 1989 behind the Iron Curtain and how they eventually lead to the fall of the Berlin Wall. It's a fantastic book for fact junkies but anyone after the atmosphere among the people at the time will be disappointed. After all, this book is written by a Westerner. Consequently he is seeing East Germany with Western eyes and judging things, people and actions by Western standards. In that respect the book 'The Iron Curtain Kid' impressed me more by painting a more vivid picture of how and what people thought and felt. However, I liked that this book here is also looking at other communist states at the time, rather than just East Germany. Personally, I wasn't too keen on the writing style, It reminded me of reading a newspaper article and I would have preferred a little bit more passion. But I guess that's a very subjective point to make. An ok read.