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

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Naval Institute Press, 2014 - History - 392 pages
Seduced by Secrets is an expose of the secret world of one of the most feared spy agencies in history. Revealed, for the first time, are the technical methods and sources of the Stasi (East German Ministry for State Security) as it stole secrets from abroad and spied on its own people. The book draws on classified files from the Stasi archives, including CIA-acquired material, interviews, and court documents to demonstrate that the Stasi overestimated the power of secrets and created an insular spy culture more intent on securing its power than protecting national security. It recreates the Stasi's hidden world of spy technology through biographies of agents, defectors, and officers, and by visualizing James Bond-like techniques and gadgets. In this highly original book, Macrakis adds a new dimension to our understanding of the East German Ministry for State Security in espionage history.

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About the author (2014)

Kristie Macrakis is the author or editor of five books including Surviving the Swastika and Prisoners, Lovers, and Spies. She received her PhD in the history of science from Harvard University, USA and is also a historian of espionage. She is a professor in the School of History, Technology and Society at Georgia Tech, USA.

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