'An original mixture of journalistic reporting and scholarly analysis, this will be the definitive work on the subject of the aftermath of the Wall.'
Konrad H. Jarausch - University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and author of Out of Ashes: A New History of Europe in the Twentieth Century
'Hope M. Harrison’s superbly informed and often moving study of the Berlin Wall demonstrates that the issues of whom to honor and punish, how to memorialize, and how to integrate into the history of German dictatorship, have made its history a continuing site of political contestation. And poignantly today, a reminder of the era when we strove to tear down walls and not to build them.'
Charles S. Maier - Harvard University and author of Dissolution: The Crisis of Communism and the End of East Germany
'Hope M. Harrison provides an extraordinary account of an extraordinary event and its legacies, both factual and political, and it will certainly frame the discussion for the future. It is a tremendous achievement.'
Jeffrey K. Olick - William R. Kenan Professor of Sociology and History, University of Virginia
'A riveting and compelling account of Germany’s post-1989 struggle over the history and memory of the Berlin Wall. Masterfully told with critical distance and yet deep empathy, Harrison engages the reader in the dramatic contest over the past and future of the new Germany.'
Christian F. Ostermann - Director of the History and Public Policy Program, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
'A tour de force, breaking new ground in showing us how German memory activists turned the focus of national history to the Cold War, and in particular to the wall, the dismantling of which embodied the peaceful end of that struggle for freedom.'
Jay Winter - Yale University, Connecticut
'… many years in the making and is the result of meticulous research.'
Source: The Times Literary Supplement
'… carefully researched and superbly readable …'
Source: Foreign Affairs
‘This important book offers a comprehensive account of how the Berlin Wall has been remembered and memorialized since its fall in 1989 … this clearly written and highly readable text will appeal to scholars and general readers alike.’
H. D. Baer
‘… far-ranging, well-researched and highly readable study … After the Berlin Wall is a major achievement by a leading scholar, a study that will, for the foreseeable future, set the standard for any serious exploration of unified Germany’s memory culture surrounding the Berlin Wall.’
‘… the book adds to our understanding of the Wall as a touchstone and sounding board for memory. Harrison succeeds in bringing out the palimpsest qualities of this stark, spray-painted structure.’
‘Comprehensively researched, beautifully written …’
‘Hope M. Harrison’s splendid book is a tremendous achievement … It will frame the memory and identity discussions for the future.’