Author Gregory W. Sandford’s new book “Our Life behind the Berlin Wall: A Memoir for Our American Daughters” is a micro-level analysis of the German Democratic Republic

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Recent release “Our Life behind the Berlin Wall: A Memoir for Our American Daughters” from Page Publishing author Gregory W. Sandford is a personal, on-the-ground look at the German Democratic Republic based on the author’s experiences as a diplomat in the 1980s.

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Gregory W. Sandford, professor emeritus of history at Principia College in Elsah, Illinois, who retired from active teaching in 2018 and previously served as a diplomat in the United States State Department, has completed his new book “Our Life behind the Berlin Wall: A Memoir for Our American Daughters”: a gripping and potent depiction of life in the German Democratic Republic during the late years of the Cold War.

Published by Page Publishing, Gregory W. Sandford’s insightful tale is a depiction of the author’s time in the German Democratic Republic (GDR) working at the United States Embassy in East Berlin. A large swath of the historical writing about the GDR looks at it from the macro level. This book supplements that substantial record with a history written from the micro level, detailing what it was like to live in that society with the advantages of both insider and outsider perspectives.

As a diplomat assigned to the United States Embassy in East Berlin, the author, Dr. Sandford, had sources of information inaccessible to most visitors from the West. Representing one of the four World War II Allied powers with occupation rights in Berlin, Dr. Sandford had first-hand experiences of the complexities of four-power control of that city. He also traveled freely within East Germany, speaking with GDR government officials, dissidents, and average citizens, including clergymen who shared their informed views on what was really going on in that society.

Framed as a personal record for his two daughters who were small children at the time, this thoughtful memoir describes Dr. Sandford’s experiences and impressions of East Germany in its later years, from 1984 to 1987, and those of his family. With a powerful combination of anecdotes, narrative descriptions, and informed analysis, this book conveys the texture of life there both for the local citizens and for resident diplomats. Finally, this book recounts how Dr. Sandford and his East German contacts experienced the fall of the Wall and the transition to democracy in their individual ways.

Readers who wish to experience this engaging work can purchase “Our Life Behind the Berlin Wall: A Memoir for Our American Daughters” at bookstores everywhere, or online at the Apple iTunes Store, Amazon, Google Play, or Barnes and Noble.

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