Seduced by Secrets: Inside The Stasi's Spy-tech World

March 17, 2008|
Seduced by Secrets: Inside The Stasi's Spy-tech World by Kristie Macrakis
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More fascinating than fiction, Seduced by Secrets takes the reader inside the real world of one of the most effective and feared spy agencies in history. The book reveals, for the first time, the secret technical methods and sources of the Stasi (East German Ministry for State Security) as it stole secrets from abroad and developed gadgets at home, employing universal, highly guarded techniques often used by other spy and security agencies. Seduced by Secrets draws on secret files from the Stasi archives, including CIA-acquired material, interviews and friendships, court documents, and unusual visits to spy sites, including "breaking into" a prison, to demonstrate that the Stasi overestimated the power of secrets to solve problems and created an insular spy culture more intent on securing its power than protecting national security. It recreates the Stasi's secret world of technology through biographies of agents, defectors, and officers and by visualizing James Bond–like techniques and gadgets. In this highly original book, Kristie Macrakis adds a new dimension to our understanding of the East German Ministry for State Security by bringing the topic into the realm of espionage history and exiting the political domain.
Kristie Macrakis received her Ph.D in the History of Science from Harvard University in 1989 and then spent a post-doctoral year in Berlin, Germany. She is currently a professor of the history of science at Michigan State University. She is the author of numerous articles and books on science and politics in modern Germany, including S...
Title:Seduced by Secrets: Inside The Stasi's Spy-tech World
Product dimensions:392 pages, 1 X 1 X 1 in
Shipping dimensions:392 pages, 1 X 1 X 1 in
Published:March 17, 2008
Publisher:Cambridge University Press
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780521887472

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