Beyond the Wall

Werner Stiller, Author, Jefferson Adams, With Potomac Books $25 (240p) ISBN 978-0-02-881007-2
This gripping account by an East German double agent of his recruitment, training and defection offers an inside look at the brutal, paranoid world of the ``Stasi,'' the Ministry of State Security. Stiller's text, translated and annotated by Sarah Lawrence College history professor Adams, describes how he recruited scientists from West German universities (his most effective lure: money) and eventually became case officer to more than 30 operatives. Developing an abhorrence for the Honecker regime (``so totally at odds with the fundamental rights of its citizens''), he began working secretly for the Bundesnachrictendienst, West Germany's intelligence serivce, while laying plans for his own defection. In a thrilling final section, Stiller describes his 1979 escape to West Berlin. A bestseller in Germany, this memoir vividly describes the realities and complexities of a spy-master's work, providing a virtual primer for the student and scholar of intelligence. (Oct.)
Reviewed on: 09/28/1992
Release date: 10/01/1992
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