It combines academic detail with a casual reading style.
I can't find anyone who gives a traceable reference, and the almost always reliable "Yale Book of Quotations" attributes it to Abraham Maslow.
Based on surviving files and extensive interviews, the book provides an illuminating account of how the Stasi functioned.
Well researched, and detailed but sometimes perhaps a little dense.
Still the best book on the subject concerned. Read more
A detailed work on the topic. Gary Bruce got to it's very bottom.
This is an essetial work that shows the most sophisticated state security police in Cold War Era. Read more
The excellent book focuses on the East German (the GDR) domestic spy agency (the Stasi) in two relatively rural districts. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Mike Filsamemon
To my mind, Professor Bruce concludes by trying too hard to make contemporary parallels, and in his last sentence quotes a phrase "attributed to Mark Twain": "To a man with a... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Mike Lemon
This book is as good as John O Koehler's book is bad. Unlike Koehler, Bruce presents an unbiased description of Stasi procedures and organization structure without adding... Read morePublished 23 months ago by J. Morton
This is a very good read. It combines academic detail with a casual reading style. It's fun to read and you learn something at the same time. Read morePublished on March 2, 2012 by Gordo