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Posts Tagged ‘2004’

Party Like It’s 1989

In Uncategorized on November 9, 2009 at 8:27 pm

With today being the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, I figure it’s a good time to talk about book recommendations about the Revolutions of 1989.

In 2004, I read Timothy Garton Ash’s  “The Magic Lantern: The Revolution of ’89 Witnessed in Warsaw, Budapest, Berlin, and Prague” which sticks with me as being a great telling of the stories of 1989 from the ground.  Ash was able to convey a sense of how information moved (and sometimes didn’t move) between the various countries in the “Eastern Bloc”.  The edition I read was published in 1993 with an afterward published in 1999.

My hero from 1989 is Vaclav Havel, and in 2000, I read his collection “The Art of the Impossible: Politics as Morality in Practice” which sticks with me as being one of the most inspiring collections of political speech-writing ever put together.

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Reading On This Date: October 24…

In Uncategorized on October 24, 2009 at 2:05 pm

One of the benefits of having a list of books I’ve read over the past decade, is that I can post the occasional “what was I reading on this date X years ago” entry.

So looking at October 24th:

Currently, I’m reading the interviews that make up Vaclav Havel’s “Disturbing the Peace”.