The File: a Personal History
By (author) Timothy Garton Ash
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File: a Personal History by Timothy Garton Ash
Book Description"Eloquent, aware and scrupulous . . . a rich and instructive examination of the Cold War past." --The New York TimesIn 1978 a romantic young Englishman took up residence in Berlin to see what that divided city could teach him about tyranny and freedom. Fifteen years later Timothy Garton Ash--who was by then famous for his reportage of the downfall of communism in Central Europe--returned. This time he had come to look at a file that bore the code-name "Romeo." The file had been compiled by the Stasi, the East German secret police, with the assistance of dozens of informers. And it contained a meticulous record of Garton Ash's earlier life in Berlin. In this memoir, Garton Ash describes what it was like to rediscover his younger self through the eyes of the Stasi, and then to go on to confront those who actually informed against him to the secret police. Moving from document to remembrance, from the offices of British intelligence to the living rooms of retired Stasi officers, The File is a personal narrative as gripping, as disquieting, and as morally provocative as any fiction by George Orwell or Graham Greene. And it is all true."In this painstaking, powerful unmasking of evil, the wretched face of tyranny is revealed." --Philadelphia Inquirer
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780679777854
(204mm x 134mm x 15mm)
Imprint: Random House USA Inc
Publisher: Random House USA Inc
Publish Date: 31-Oct-1998
Country of Publication: United States
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'Timothy Garton Ash is the best and most perceptive political writer of our time, and this book is a wonderful distillation of his thoughts on an extraordinary range of subjects. They were excellent as individual essays; put together like this, they shine the clearest of lights on an entire decade.' John Simpson
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Author Biography - Timothy Garton Ash
Timothy Garton Ash is a Fellow of St. Antony s College, Oxford. Celebrated for his essays inThe New York Review of Books, he is the author ofThe Polish Revolution, which won the Somerset Maugham Award;The Uses of Adversity, which won the Prix Europeen de l Essai;In Europe's Name; andThe Magic Lantern, his eyewitness account of the Central European revolutions of 1989, which has been translated into fourteen languages. He lives in Oxford with his wife and two sons."
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