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File : A Personal History

File : A Personal History - 97 edition

ISBN13: 978-0679777854

Cover of File : A Personal History 97 (ISBN 978-0679777854)
ISBN13: 978-0679777854
ISBN10: 0679777857
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 97
Publisher: Vintage Books
Published: 1997
International: No

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File : A Personal History - 97 edition

ISBN13: 978-0679777854

Timothy Garton Ash

ISBN13: 978-0679777854
ISBN10: 0679777857
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 97
Publisher: Vintage Books

Published: 1997
International: No
Summary

In 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.

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