L.M. Elliott discusses her new book WALLS with Debbie Levy on the 60-year anniversary of the building of the Berlin Wall. Purchase WALLS here: https://www.politics-prose.com/book/9781643750248
Drew is an army brat who has to move for the sixth time in fifteen years—this time to West Berlin, where American soldiers like his dad hold an outpost of democracy against communist Russia in Hitler’s former capital. Meanwhile, his cousin Matthias lives in East Berlin, a city destroyed by World War II and lorded over by Communist secret police. Drew and Matthias initially struggle to trust one another, but they eventually become friends, bonding over their love of rock and roll music, strictly forbidden in East Berlin. Drew’s family’s loyalty to America is questioned because of the cousins’ closeness. The tension between East and West Berlin in the year leading up to the erection of the Berlin Wall is vividly portrayed, enhanced by real-life photographs and headlines from the time. Elliott’s Walls brings the Cold War to life.
This recording took place on the 60-year anniversary of the building of the Berlin Wall.
L. M. Elliott is a New York Times best-selling author of historical and biographical fiction. Her twelve novels explore a variety of eras (the Italian Renaissance, the American Revolutionary War, WWII, and the Cold War), and are written for a variety of ages. Many of her works have won national awards, including being named NCSS/CBC Notables (National Council of Social Studies and Children’s Book Council), Bank Street College Best Books, Jefferson Cup Honor Books, and Grateful American Book Prize winners. Elliott holds a BA from Wake Forest University and a Masters in journalism from UNC-Chapel Hill. She is a lifelong Virginia resident and history-lover.
Debbie Levy writes books—fiction, nonfiction, and poetry—for people of all ages. Before starting her writing career, she was a newspaper editor with American Lawyer Media and Legal Times. She has a bachelor’s degree in government and foreign affairs from the University of Virginia, and a law degree and master’s degree in world politics from the University of Michigan. Debbie lives in Maryland with her husband. Besides writing, she loves to kayak, boat, and fish in the Chesapeake Bay region, swim, and play catch (with or without the dog).
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