The Year That Changed the World by Michael Meyer audiobook

The Year That Changed the World: The Untold Story Behind the Fall of the Berlin Wall

By Michael Meyer
Read by Ed Sala

Tantor Audio

Unabridged

Format : Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9798200115570

  • ISBN: 9798200115563

  • ISBN: 9798200115587

Runtime: 10.58 Hours
Category: Nonfiction/History
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

"Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!" President Ronald Reagan's famous exhortation when visiting Berlin in 1987 has long been widely cited as the clarion call that brought the Cold War to an end. The United States won, so this version of history goes, because Ronald Reagan stood firm against the USSR; American resoluteness brought the evil empire to its knees. Michael Meyer, who was there at the time as a Newsweek bureau chief, begs to differ. In this extraordinarily compelling account of the revolutions that roiled Eastern Europe in 1989, Meyer shows that American intransigence was only one of many factors that provoked world-shaking change. He draws together breathtakingly vivid, on-the-ground accounts of the rise of the Solidarity movement in Poland, the stealth opening of the Hungarian border, the Velvet Revolution in Prague, and the collapse of the infamous wall in Berlin. But the most important events, Meyer contends, occurred secretly, in the heroic stands taken by individuals in the thick of the struggle—leaders such as poet and playwright Vaclav Havel in Prague; the Baltic shipwright Lech Walesa; the quietly determined reform prime minister in Budapest, Miklos Nemeth; and the man who privately realized that his empire was already lost and decided, with courage and intelligence, to let it go in peace, Mikhail Gorbachev, the Soviet general secretary of the Communist party. Reporting for Newsweek from the frontlines in Eastern Europe, Meyer spoke to these players and countless others. Alongside their deliberate interventions were also the happenstance and human error of history that are always present when events accelerate to breakneck speed. Meyer captures these heady days in all of their rich drama and unpredictability. In doing so he provides not just a thrilling chronicle of the most important year of the twentieth century but also a crucial refutation of American political mythology and a triumphal misunderstanding of history that seduced the United States into many of the intractable conflicts it faces today. The Year That Changed the World will change not only how we see the past, but also our understanding of America's future.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“The twentieth century ended with a bang in 1989 and Michael Meyer has vividly captured the drama, import and energy of that fascinating year…This is a riveting, rollicking read.” Fareed Zakaria, New York Times bestselling author of The Future of Freedom
The twentieth century ended with a bang in 1989 and Michael Meyer has vividly captured the drama, import and energy of that fascinating year....This is a riveting, rollicking [book]. Fareed Zakaria, author of The Post-American World
“Brilliant…Meyer recounts momentous events in an accessible, engaging, and intensely dramatic way…History is seldom written with such verve.” Washington Post
“A coolheaded reconsideration of the revolutionary fervor that tore down the Iron Curtain in 1989…Meyer ‘liberates’ the record with sagacity, precision, and remarkable clarity.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

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Author

Author Bio: Michael Meyer

Author Bio: Michael Meyer

Michael Meyer, author and journalist, is currently chief speechwriter for the secretary general of the United Nations, Ban Ki-Moon. Before that, he worked for Newsweek for two decades, most recently as Europe editor for Newsweek International, where he also oversaw the magazine’s coverage of the Middle East and Asia. Between 1988 and 1992, Meyer was Newsweek‘s bureau chief for Germany, Central Europe, and the Balkans, during which time he wrote more than twenty cover stories on the break-up of Communist Europe and German unification. He is the author of The Alexander Complex, and he lives in New York City with his wife.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : CD, Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 10.58
Audience: Adult
Language: English