Year 14, Book 57

57. Burning Down the Haus: Punk Rock, Revolution, and the Fall of the Berlin Wall by Tim Mohr

This book looks at the history of the punk rock movement in East Germany and how it lead to the revolution that helped bring down the Berlin Wall. There were some really interesting stories in the book and the partnership created between the punks and the Church was fascinating. There are of course a lot of terrible stories about how the punks were treated by the Stasi. I thought it was an interesting story, but I think it was perhaps a little too detailed for what I cared about. I had a hard time keeping all the people straight there were so many of them. I think I might have preferred a New Yorker length article on the subject rather than an entire book. I give it a 6 out of 10.

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