The File: A Personal History

The File: A Personal History

Timothy Garton Ash


"Eloquent, acutely aware and scrupulous . . . a wealthy and instructive exam of the chilly conflict past." --The ny Times

In 1978 a romantic younger Englishman took up place of abode in Berlin to work out what that divided urban might educate him approximately tyranny and freedom. Fifteen years later Timothy Garton Ash--who was once by way of then well-known for his reportage of the downfall of communism in primary Europe--returned. This time he had come to examine a dossier that bore the code-name "Romeo." The dossier were compiled through 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 was once prefer to rediscover his more youthful self throughout the eyes of the Stasi, after which to head directly to confront those that truly expert opposed to him to the key police. relocating from record to remembrance, from the places of work of British intelligence to the dwelling rooms of retired Stasi officials, The dossier is a private narrative as gripping, as disquieting, and as morally provocative as any fiction by means 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

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