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For three decades Markus Wolf was the head of East Germany's department. The style is rather dry, the memoirs are rather self serving, but the mass of information is most interesting.

For three decades Markus Wolf was the head of East Germany's department. This autobiography is a story of loyalty. One person found this helpful.

Memoirs of a Spymaster : The Man Who Waged a Secret War Against the West. He laments events that have "made victims of us all," as he wrote to one of his spies, then imprisoned in West Germany

Memoirs of a Spymaster : The Man Who Waged a Secret War Against the West. He laments events that have "made victims of us all," as he wrote to one of his spies, then imprisoned in West Germany. pg. 334) After some three hundred pages spent chronicling his successes in this murky world, it never occurs to him that it might be unseemly for him to play the innocent, that he might be unsuited for the role. He genuinely seems to think there should have been no tribunals organized by the victors at the end of the Cold War – as though his side would have been magnanimous and forgiving, had the tables been turned.

She assisted Markus Wolf in the writing of Man Without A Face: The Autobiography Of Communism's Greatest Spymaster and Memoirs Of A Spymaster: The Man Who Waged A Secret War Against The West, and The Saddled Cow: East Germany's Life And Legacy.

This is an excellent primer for anyone interested in how intelligence services developed their tradecraft during the Cold War.

7 years, 4 months ago at Apr 24 10:58. This is an excellent primer for anyone interested in how intelligence services developed their tradecraft during the Cold War. Written by the former head of East German Intelligence (HVA) it details his early life, ideological motivations and the incredible success his department had despite being woefully underfunded and technologically disadvantaged.

Markus Wolf's book is perhaps the most important to date absorbing, intelligent and well written. The worlds greatest spymaster tells his story in a book that reads like a novel by John le Carre - except this time the action is real

Markus Wolf's book is perhaps the most important to date absorbing, intelligent and well written. Geoffrey Wheatcroft, Sunday Times They called him 'the man without a face', a figure of such secrecy that it took almost twenty years before Western intelligence had any idea what he looked like. He was the West's great adversary in the secret war for intelligence, information and advantage. The worlds greatest spymaster tells his story in a book that reads like a novel by John le Carre - except this time the action is real. Synopsis: For three decades Markus Wolf was the head of East Germany's department.

Memoirs of a Spymaster book. Markus Wolf's book is perhaps the most important to date absorbing, intelligent and well written. Geoffrey Wheatcroft, Sunday Times They called him 'the man wi 'Since the Berlin wall came down eight years ago, many other barriers have come down also, and we have been allowed to see things we never knew before about the communist East, notably its intelligence operations.

She has also written Man Without A Face:The Autobiography Of Communism's Greatest Spymaster, Memoirs Of A Spymaster: The Man Who Waged A Secret War Against The West, and The Saddled Cow: East Germany's Life And Legacy.

Well, a secret police chief of even greater prowess (and even greater . For decades, Markus Wolf was known to Western intelligence officers only as "the man without a face.

Well, a secret police chief of even greater prowess (and even greater secrecy) has done. Man Without a Face : The Autobiography of Communism's Greatest Spymaster. by Anne McElvoy and Markus Wolf. 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.

Not just a gripping autobiography, Markus Wolf's memoir is a deeply honest examination of loyalty, betrayal, and idealism. With this book, "the man without a face" at long last emerges from the shadows and delivers his remarkable and fascinating story.

Anne McElvoy (born 25 June 1965) is a British journalist for The Economist and the London Evening Standard, and a BBC . Memoirs Of A Spymaster: The Man Who Waged a Secret War Against the West.

Anne McElvoy (born 25 June 1965) is a British journalist for The Economist and the London Evening Standard, and a BBC broadcaster.

For three decades Markus Wolf was the head of East Germany's foreign-intelligence department. This autobiography is a story of loyalty, betrayal and idealism.

Comments: (3)

Fenrikasa
It is a most informative book, sober in its account.
The style is rather dry, the memoirs are rather self serving, but the mass of information is most interesting.
Coidor
Great book!
Not-the-Same
I, too, am enjoying this book. Yes, somewhat dry in places...yet, it seems to be an honest account, and I have found it enlightening--and encouraging--that Wolf admits that there was some terribly "dark" activity conducted by his security service In East Germany, and how he had to face some serious disillusionment--as a long-time communist--regarding the "Soviet Miracle" and the almost mystical, charismatic figure of Joe Stalin.

A good friend of mine--a socialist--will occasionally spout some particularly loony line about Stalin having got a lot of undeserved bad press, or how Soviet Russia was such a grand accomplishment, and reality-based material from a book like this (and Emma Goodman's account of her trip to the USSR in the thirties), I have found exceptionally welcome. Certainly, our intelligence people--and leaders--in the West have not had "clean hands," but the USSR WAS a police state, and a tyrannical despotism, ruled by political figures, Party officials and bureaucrats. What's more, when folks insist that, "Well, yes, but everyone had a roof over his head and a full belly!" I have to remind them that it was typical for several families to inhabit a small residence, alcoholism ran rampant, and that there were severe shortages of essential goods, with very long lines for most everything. Soviet Russia was never actually a "workers' paradise." Neither was it a "classless society." Members of the Party and commissars became the new elite. There was also an anti-intellectual climate, and one in which citizens were encouraged to snitch on their neighbors (not unlike that of Nazi Germany-gasp!!).

Further, there is the reality of Stalin's having murdered his entire officer corps, the presence of the state security service (NVKD, then KGB), and the gulags, pogroms against the Jews...and the huge purges associated with the Show Trials (affecting not only politicos, but many teachers, engineers, physicians and university professors, essentially gutting the country of its "intelligentsia" ...and that Soviet citizens were not allowed free movement within Russia, nor permitted to leave at will. One might also consider that while the Soviet constitution was pretty good--on paper--it very poorly translated into the day-to-day life of the average citizen.
Memoirs of a Spymaster : The Man Who Waged a Secret War Against the West download epub
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Author: Anne McElvoy,Markus Wolf
ISBN: 0712666559
Category: History
Subcategory: Military
Language: English
Publisher: Vintage Uk; New edition edition (March 31, 1998)
Pages: 378 pages