The File

The File

A Personal History

Book - 1997
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Baker & Taylor
In a chilling account of Cold War espionage and treachery, the author of The Uses of Adversity describes his discovery that the East German secret police had compiled a secret file on his activities and of his efforts to track down the truth about that file. 25,000 first printing. First serial, The New Yorker. Tour.

Blackwell North Amer
In 1978, fresh out of Oxford, Timothy Garton Ash set out for Berlin to see what he could learn from the divided city about freedom and despotism. As he moved from west to east - from Berlin glamour to Berlin danger - the East German secret police, the so-called Stasi, was compiling a secret file on his activities, monitoring his Berlin days and nights and tracking his growing involvement with the Solidarity movement in Poland.
Fifteen years later, with the wall torn down and Berlin now unified, Garton Ash visited Stasi headquarters to find his file. The thick dossier he was given forms the basis for this real-life thriller in which he traces and confronts the German friends and acquaintances who informed on him, and the officers who hired them. Behind Stasi reports of suspicious meetings we discover the love affairs, friendships, and formative intellectual encounters that actually occurred. And behind a baffling web of lies, half-truths, and forgotten stories we find a forty-year-old man spying on his younger self.

Baker
& Taylor

In an account of Cold War espionage and treachery, the author describes his discovery that the East German secret police had compiled a secret file on his activities and of his efforts to track down the truth about that file

Publisher: New York : Random House, c1997
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9780679455745
0679455744
Branch Call Number: 327.12 ASH
Characteristics: 262 p. ; 22 cm

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