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When Timothy Garton Ash graduated from Oxford in 1978, he went to live in Berlin, ostensibly to research and write about Nazism. But once there, he gradually immersed himself in a study of the repressive political culture of East Germany. As if to return the favor, that culture--in the form of the dreaded East German secret police, the "Stasi"--secretly began studying him. As was Stasi's practice, over the years its study produced a considerable paper trail. After the fall of the East German communist regime, a government apparatus was established to allow those targeted to see their Stasi files, and Garton Ash discovered and pored over his. He then set about to interview the people who made this gross intrusion possible, the several case officers, and the numerous regular-citizen informers. The result is nothing short of a journey into the darkest recesses of the totalitarian mind, taking its place honorably alongside 1984 and Darkness at Noon. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Garton Ash's (In Europe's Name, LJ 1/94) investigative memoir focuses on the waning days of the Cold War, when espionage and suspicion were the order of the day in Eastern Europe. The author went to Berlin to study in 1978 and soon came under the scrutiny of the Stasi, the notorious East German secret police. In 1993, Garton Ash had the opportunity to examine the secret file kept on him. Comparing the file reports with his private diary of the time, he finds distortions, fabrications, and surprising omissions in the file. There are compelling accounts of visits to his informers and the officers who monitored his case, yet the most revealing aspects of this book center on Garton Ash's search for his "lost self." While marveling at reunited Germany's unprecedented opening of the secret police files, he also analyzes the Germans' attempts to come to terms with their past. Hence, this work makes an important contribution to the literature of the new Europe and is recommended for most academic and public libraries.
-?Thomas A. Karel, Franklin & Marshall Coll. Lib., Lancaster, Pa.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Very personal story of one man's journey after he is handed his copy of the file compiled by the GDR's MfS (Stasi) during his time as a student in Berlin and while living in the... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Not a lot of value but enough to scan at a moderate pace. I will not read any other of Ash's publications.Published 1 month ago by R Kelly
An Excellent book about a topic that would appeal to anyone who has an interest in The Cold War, Eastern Europe at that time, East Germany, and the Stasi. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Ruff Rider
If you're interested in the Stasi and domestic spying in general, this is certainly a good book to pick up. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Travis White
The East German Stasi placed Timothy Garton Ash under suveillance in the early 1980s. At the time, he was a scholar living in East Berlin, doing historical research and writing... Read morePublished 19 months ago by not me
Socialism fails for a reason and this book tells the story of how the author and everyone in the failed socialist state of East Germany was under the constant surveillance of the... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Burr
This is an interesting look inside the workings of East Germany's secret police.
Its strength is the author's persistence in getting his secret file and then talking to... Read more
I emigrated to the USA from another totalitarian country - former USSR. I really enjoyed reading the book - to me it looks like a deep and balanced approach to evaluating the life... Read morePublished on September 1, 2013 by arik
A different form of "ostalgia" -- this time from the West offering a careful and well-paced look at the legacy of political control on a lost society and on memory itself.Published on May 27, 2013 by bookness