By Timothy Garton Ash
"Eloquent, conscious and scrupulous . . . a wealthy and instructive exam of the chilly warfare past." --The long island Times
In 1978 a romantic younger Englishman took up place of abode in Berlin to work out what that divided urban may perhaps educate him approximately tyranny and freedom. Fifteen years later Timothy Garton Ash--who used to be by way of then well-known for his reportage of the downfall of communism in imperative Europe--returned. This time he had come to examine a dossier that bore the code-name "Romeo." The dossier have been compiled by way of the Stasi, the East German mystery police, with the help of dozens of informers. And it contained a meticulous checklist of Garton Ash's prior lifestyles in Berlin.
In this memoir, Garton Ash describes what it used to be prefer to rediscover his more youthful self in the course of the eyes of the Stasi, after which to head directly to confront those that really expert opposed to him to the key police. relocating from rfile to remembrance, from the workplaces of British intelligence to the residing rooms of retired Stasi officials, The dossier is a private narrative as gripping, as disquieting, and as morally provocative as any fiction by way of George Orwell or Graham Greene. And it's all true.
"In this painstaking, robust unmasking of evil, the wretched face of tyranny is revealed." --Philadelphia Inquirer