Man Without a Face

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"A great autobiography by one of the most intriguing Cold Warriors...[containing] extraordinary revelations about the inner world of espionage." --Miami Herald

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Publisher Perseus Books Group
Mfg Part# 9781891620126
SKU 30498235
Format Paperback
ISBN10 1891620126
Release Date 4/10/2007
Physical
Dimensions (in Inches) 8.5H x 6L x 1.25T
Praise
"Very probably the best spymaster in the world."
"He was the most effective adversary we've had in the intelligence community. he was a great spook, a helluva competent enemy. I'd love to meet him."
"It is [the] admission...that Wolf's career was ultimately worthless which gives these memoirs their peculiar, bittersweet flavor."
"'Man Without a Face' is billed as an "autobiography." But it is that only in part. A bravura opening chapter describes various attempts to woo his cooperation by West German, American and even, it seems, Israeli intelligence, in the months between the collapse of the East German Communist regime in the autumn of 1989 and formal unification in October 1990. There is a hilarious description of two gentlemen from the CIA appearing at his dacha outside East Berlin, bearing flowers and a box of chocolates for his wife, and offering him a new life in California. He later realized that the costive, fervently non-smoking Mr. Gardner A. Hathaway was really after the identity of the Soviet agent at the heart of the CIA. But while Wolf had heard hints from Soviet comrades, he did not then known about Aldrich Ames."
"Far from being naive or trustful or idealistic, Wolf comes across as an essentially cynical man who knows how to manipulate people to his own ends. That is what made him a superb spy chief. It is also, I suppose, what makes him better company than the fanatical ideologues or humorless drudges with whom he spent much of his working life. The mover who knows how to get on in any regime can be witty and worldly-wise. But that doesn't make him in any way less reprehensible."
"Did the Stasi carry out widespread repression of its own people through a network of tens of thousands of informers? Well, yes, Wolf admits. Did the Stasi harbor international terrorists? Afraid so, Wolf says. 'But that was not my department', Wolf insists. It was the other guys, in Department XXII."
From the Publisher
Editors Note Man Without o Face reads like a classic spy novel, full not only of moral ambiguity and dark psychology but also of high-speed chases, murdered agents, hidden cameras, phony brothels, secret codes, false identities, triple agents, and all the other trappings of the most fantastic thrillers -- except this time the action is real.
Annotation For three decades, Markus Wolf was the head of East Germany's intelligence service, which was widely regarded as being the most effective spying organization in the Eastern Block. This is his story.
Editors Note 2 For decades, Markus Wolf was known to Western intelligence officers only as "the man without a face." Now the legendary spymaster has emerged from the shadows to reveal his remarkable life of secrets, lies, and betrayals as head of the world's most formidable and effective foreign service ever. Wolf was undoubtedly the greatest spymaster of our century. A shadowy Cold War legend who kept his own past locked up as tightly as the state secrets with which he was entrusted, Wolf finally broke his silence in 1997. Man Without a Face is the result. It details all of Wolf's major successes and failures and illuminates the reality of espionage operations as few nonfiction works before it. Wolf tells the real story of Gunter Guillaume, the East German spy who brought down Willy Brandt. He reveals the truth behind East Germany's involvment with terrorism. He takes us inside the bowels of the Stasi headquarters and inside the minds of Eastern Bloc leaders. With its high-speed chases, hidden cameras, phony brothels, secret codes, false identities, and triple agents, Man Without a Face reads like a classic spy thriller?except this time the action is real.
Editors Note 3 The former head of East Germany's foreign intelligence department describes his career in espionage and life in the post-Cold War world
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