- Tapa blanda: 478 páginas
- Editor: Basic Books; Edición: Revised (27 de julio de 2000)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 0813337445
- ISBN-13: 978-0813337449
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Stasi: The Untold Story Of The East German Secret Police (Inglés) Tapa blanda – 27 jul 2000
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In this gripping narrative, John Koehler details the widespread activities of East Germany's Ministry for State Security, or Stasi." The Stasi, which infiltrated every walk of East German life, suppressed political opposition, and caused the imprisonment of hundreds of thousands of citizens, proved to be one of the most powerful secret police and espionage services in the world. Koehler methodically reviews the Stasi's activities within East Germany and overseas, including its programs for internal repression, international espionage, terrorism and terrorist training, art theft, and special operations in Latin America and Africa.Koehler was both Berlin bureau chief of the Associated Press during the height of the Cold War and a U.S. Army Intelligence officer. His insider's account is based on primary sources, such as U.S. intelligence files, Stasi documents made available only to the author, and extensive interviews with victims of political oppression, former Stasi officers, and West German government officials. Drawing from these sources, Koehler recounts tales that rival the most outlandish Hollywood spy thriller and, at the same time, offers the definitive contribution to our understanding of this still largely unwritten aspect of the history of the Cold War and modern Germany.
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John O. Koehler served as foreign correspondent for the Associated Press for 28 years, including stints as chief for both the Berlin and Bonn Bureaus. He also served as Assistant to the President and Director of Communications under Ronald Reagan.
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1) Out of respect for tremendous amount of work Mr. Koehler has done to give us this study.
2) If (for whatever reason) you are serious about the subject – this is a must read.
To my humble opinion, the book has some drawbacks:
1) At times, it's a little hard to follow the flow of information. Introduction and the first chapter (about minister Milke) are straightforward, but after that it gets somewhat discombobulated – it alternates between different periods in time. I found myself going back a lot, just to keep track of the structure of the organization and to connect the dots.
2) Mr. Koehler spends quite a bit of time to remind us every now and then how terrible Stazi was. I dare say it is not necessary (as in 'reiterating the obvious').
3) The stile of the narration is rather uneven. Some situations are described in great detail (to the point of being almost superfluous), others are only mentioned briefly – so they appear superficial.
Still – five stars, no doubt. There aren't that many books on the subject; this one is indispensable.