- Paperback: 700 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (August 7, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 148267520X
- ISBN-13: 978-1482675207
- Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.6 x 9.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 23 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,887,465 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Against All Enemies: An American's Cold War Journey Paperback – August 7, 2013
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That said, there are typos and grammar errors on every other page. There are references to acronyms or agencies that are never explained. A good editor could have trimmed about 200-300 pages, and improved the quality. Carney's narrative makes it reasonably clear that he resists authority figures and experts telling him what to do, so perhaps agents and editors have tried to talk sense into him but somehow he went his own way by self-publishing instead. That is a shame because this story deserves a larger audience. I'm glad I read this.
I bought this book out of curiosity. I had stumbled onto Carney's website and found photographs of familiar places (e.g. Defense Language Institute in Monterey). While the book is a decent read, despite the grammar mistakes, misspellings, and factual inaccuracies mentioned by other reviewers, it did not succeed in making me feel sorry for Carney. As a matter of fact, the old proverb about making your bed and lying in it often came to mind. Carney created his own problems, and although I give him credit for owning up to what he did, I'm not sure if I can forgive him his putting other lives at risk for his own personal gain. Throughout the book, Carney states that his motivation was not financial, and that he accepted no money from his handlers. (Other times he wrote that he did reluctantly accept hundreds of West German marks.) His motivation was ideological. It was also selfish. Looking for a better life for himself undoubtedly had a negative impact on the lives of others.
The book is also full of propaganda. I've lived in the Czech Republic for 20 years, and I even had the opportunity to visit Czechoslovakia, East Germany, and Hungary before the events of 1989 (after my military service ended). Corruption was rampant, a lot of basic staples were difficult to come by, and if you weren't a member of the Communist Party, you (or your kids) could forget about going on to college. Carney makes East Germany sound like Utopia at times, as if standing in lines waiting for bread was something everyone wanted to do. And I'm also surprised by his omission of the 125 deaths that occurred fleeing this Utopia.
Even after his prison sentence, Carney will continue to pay the price for what he did. Many employers and individuals will find it hard to trust him, and can we blame them? The U.S. got burned for trusting him, and the Federal Republic of Germany certainly does not trust him, as they denied his request for reinstatement of citizenship. Jens Karney is a man without a country.
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