I am old enough to remember news reports about East Germans escaping or attempting to escape to the West through tunnels and by other means and frequently enough to be a reminder to the rest of the world the brutality of communism. I was visiting friends with my sister in West Germany in 1988 and we tried to go to West Berlin by train to see the Wall and the city but never got there. Anti-government protest were already breaking out in East Berlin, the government and their Soviet masters were getting nervous and so stopped all rail and autobahn travel from the West to West Berlin. Just a little over a year later the Wall came tumbling down....Everything I have heard and read about The Tunnels is good, I look forward to reading it. This from Greg Mitchell's blog Pressing Issues. Click the title to go to his blog to order the book (I ordered mine from Powell's, an independent book seller) at a discount (from Amazon).
is author of a dozen books (click on covers at right), including the new "THE TUNNELS: Escapes Under the Berlin Wall and the Historic Films the JFK White House Tried to Kill." He was the longtime editor of Editor & Publisher. Email: email@example.com. Twitter: @GregMitch