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The Unsleeping Eye: Secret Police and Their Victims

Stove, R. J.; Stove, Robert J.

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ISBN 10: 189355466X / ISBN 13: 9781893554665
Published by San Francisco, California, U.S.A.: Encounter Books, 2003, San Francisco, California, U.S.A., 2003
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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Hard Cover. Near Fine/Near Fine. 1st Printing. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. 367pp. The first history of secret police around the world.Many books have been written about spies, but few, perhaps none, about secret police. Rob Stove tells the story of Elizabeth Is Walsingham, Napoleons Fouche, and the secret police chiefs of the Russian tsars, Lenin and Stalin, and Hitler. The book finishes with J Edgar Hoover. The interest lies in the strange personalities of these chiefs, who built their organisations and shaped them according to their own warped personalities. Bookseller Inventory # 003394

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Title: The Unsleeping Eye: Secret Police and Their ...

Publisher: San Francisco, California, U.S.A.: Encounter Books, 2003, San Francisco, California, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 2003

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Edition: 1st Printing

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Denis Boyles examines the internal crises that have changed the personality of what was once La Belle France, transforming it into a nation afflicted with status anxiety. Vile France is a work that will gratify Francophobes everywhere and cause even the most committed defender of the Jacques Chirac worldview to crack an occasional smile.

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In his analysis of five eras in which "secret policing has been of vital importance to government," Australian writer Stove (Prince of Music) sheds new light on the intrigues of the major "spymasters" for Queen Elizabeth I; explicates the "genius for anticipating 20th-century dictatorships' methods" of the obscure Joseph Fouché, influential police minister to Napoleon; explores the roots of the former Soviet Union's 20th-century spy apparatus in the 16th-century cutthroat Oprichina; and reviews the "relentlessly conspiratorial habits of mind" in Hitler's "Reich Security Main Office." His argument for undertaking such a project: that governments don't want us to think about domestic surveillance and historians have failed to write about it. A long and sympathetic chapter on the career of controversial FBI chief J. Edgar Hoover is undercut by cheap shots at Franklin D. Roosevelt ("Fifty year's glutinous hagiography has failed to detect in FDR any principle whatsoever"), though, and other low blows (Martin Luther King Jr. "has become the opiate of post-Christian America's masses") mar its pages. Stove spends pages condemning rumors about Hoover's homosexuality-at the same time that he off-handedly repeats slanders against liberal hero Adlai Stevenson-while dismissing in a paragraph the harm of Hoover-instigated spy operations directed at American citizens. Stove's subject is worthy, but his objectivity is questionable.
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