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From the moment his East German assistant bursts into his West Berlin office to tell him that the wall is open, the author is in the thick of things, taking readers along as he witnesses the celebration when the wall is opened and the dramatic changes that follow. He talks about the wall, its formation, and what it symbolized to the world.
Serge Schmemann served as Bonn bureau chief for The New York Times from 1987-1991, and won a Pulitzer prize for his coverage of the reunification of Germany. As a journalist who lived in Germany during that turbulent time, he brings a unique insider's perspective to fall of the wall. Mr Schmemann has been a journalist for more than 30 years, during which he also served as The New York Times bureau chief in Jerusalem and Moscow. He is currently editorial page editor for The International Herald Tribune. In 2003, he won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement in a Craft: Writing for Mortal Enemies, a documentary depicting the parallel lives of Yasir Arafat and Ariel Sharon