Beyond the Wall: Memoirs of an East and West German Spy (Intelligence and National Security Series)

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9780028810072: Beyond the Wall: Memoirs of an East and West German Spy (Intelligence and National Security Series)

A former double agent for East and West Germany recounts his recruitment into the Stasi--the Ministry of State Security--his disillusionment with the Stasi, the privileged underground of fear and intimidation in East Germany, and more.

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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: German

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This gripping account by an East German double agent of his recruitment, training and defection offers an inside look at the brutal, paranoid world of the "Stasi," the Ministry of State Security. Stiller's text, translated and annotated by Sarah Lawrence College history professor Adams, describes how he recruited scientists from West German universities (his most effective lure: money) and eventually became case officer to more than 30 operatives. Developing an abhorrence for the Honecker regime ("so totally at odds with the fundamental rights of its citizens"), he began working secretly for the Bundesnachrictendienst, West Germany's intelligence serivce, while laying plans for his own defection. In a thrilling final section, Stiller describes his 1979 escape to West Berlin. A bestseller in Germany, this memoir vividly describes the realities and complexities of a spy-master's work, providing a virtual primer for the student and scholar of intelligence.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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