I highly recommend this book if you are at all interested in the history of the DDR.
The author manages to work in personal travalogue and investigative journalism without any elements jarring or feeling out of place.
Anna gets this and tells the story in a way that gives more understanding than a world of data and statistics ever could.
Really interesting book. Funder is a good writer. It is very hard to imagine how a whole part of a country can simply be walled off from the rest and then its' citizens made to spy... Read morePublished 20 days ago by Daniel Maguire Stevens
Stasiland does a great job of humanizing life in the GDR as a plain old citizen. I was challenged keeping the characters straight, as their lives are woven together in the text. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
There are plenty of books available on the inner workings of the Stasi, a lot of them good. This book has such a refreshing perspective though that it makes it a little more... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Michael
This book is not for people who are looking for hard hitting stories from the days of the Stasi. Instead the author props up a shortage of material by interspersing the chapters on... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Gary
I tumbled into this book completely. It's extraordinarily well written and gives a rich perspective of the true costs of living in the former DDR. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Diana Strinati Baur