Right up to its 1990 demise, the Stasi cast a huge net of spies and agents around Europe and the rest of the world, enlisting as many as 30,000 West Germans as secret operatives, and involving more than a few American intelligence personnel in traitorous dalliances that would badly damage NATO defense capabilities during the Cold War. Koehler, a longtime foreign correspondent with Associated Press and onetime aide to president Ronald Reagan, based much of his research on the vast archive of secret Stasi documents discovered after the fall of the Berlin Wall and subsequent unification of Germany. Although this book is only the tip of the iceberg, he has provided a fascinating look into the inner workings of one of the most dangerous, but least known, organizations of the 20th century. --Tjames Madison
(After the collapse of the Berlin Wall and unification of Germany, journalist Timothy Garton Ash gained access to his Stasi file and began interviewing the people who contributed to it. The results of his investigation are found in the compelling The File.)
--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
As an Australian who married an East German who loved her country, I found the book limited in its range, dull in its writing and very selective in its fields and viewpoint. Read morePublished on May 4 2003
This book proved to be an excellent history of the East German
secret police force, the Stasi. The author was able to use documentation obtained after the fall of Communist... Read more
I grew-up in the DDR, was expelled for political reasons in 1986 and then returned to The State of Brandenburg in 1991 only to leave again 9 years later when I realized how little... Read morePublished on Nov. 1 2002 by Erich Mopsmeister
There have been other books on the subject, but none as effective or as riveting as Koehler's. Read more
Can you imagine a police informer for ever 6.5 persons in the country? All phones tapped. All packages/letters
from the "outside" world opened and usually kept (stolen). Read more
Koehler's book placed today's war on terrorism in a new light for me. The author explained the long history that E. Read morePublished on Dec 7 2001
With all the interesting information the author still found a way to make it so dull I nearly fell asleep after each page.Published on Aug. 17 2001
The author gives the reader a history of the Stasi and it's brutal methods. From training terrorists in the Middle East and Latin America to the brutal repression of East... Read morePublished on March 8 2001 by "email@example.com"