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At four in the morning, on November 10, 1989, a journalist and her friend, together with thousands of others, sat perched on the Berlin Wall, chiseling off shards of Soviet cement. She, an American, had rushed to the focal point of the biggest upheaval in Eastern Europe for decades, after picking up her colleague, a Pole born under communism. Twenty-four years on, the journalist, Anne Applebaum, is a Pulitzer...