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.
Anna Funder is an Australian who has a fascination with Germany and so decided to venture into the old GDR after the momentous date in 1989 when that hated wall finally came down. Read morePublished 23 hours ago by Tommy Dooley
Touching, heart-breaking, and, at times, disgusting. These are tales and lessons we cannot afford to forget--particularly when, every other generation or so, would-be leaders... Read morePublished 11 days ago by Rex Barron
Was recommended this book and it did not disappoint. Fantastic insight into an extraordinary period of relatively recent history.Published 16 days ago by Margaret King
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 1 month 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 4 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 5 months ago by Michael