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Description - Stasi by John O. Koehler

In this gripping narrative, John Koehler details the widespread activities of East Germanys 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 Stasis 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 insiders 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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Book Details

ISBN: 9780813337449
ISBN-10: 0813337445
Format: Paperback / softback
(228mm x 152mm x 30mm)
Pages: 478
Imprint: Basic Books
Publish Date: 27-Jul-2000
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - John O. Koehler

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.