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By 1990, the Berlin Wall had fallen and the East German state security service folded. During 40 years, they had amassed more than a billion pages in manila files detailing the lives of their citizens. Overnight, almost 100,000 Stasi employees, many of them experienced officers with access to highly personal information, found themselves unemployed. This is the story of what they did next. 

Former FBI Agent Ralph Hope uses critical insider knowledge and access to Stasi records to track and expose ex-officers working everywhere from the Russian energy sector to the police and even the government department tasked with prosecuting Stasi crimes. He examines why the key players have never been called to account and, in doing so, asks whether we have really learned from the past at all. He highlights a man who continued to fight the Stasi for 30 years after the Wall fell, and reveals a truth that many don’t want spoken. The Grey Men comes as an urgent warning from the past at a time when governments the world over are building an unprecedented network of surveillance over their citizens.

©2021 Ralph Hope (P)2021 Dreamscape Media, LLC

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alarming truth, impressively detailed

No struggle to finish here - alarming truth, impressively detailed and couldn't put it down

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  • 01-07-2021

Great historical insights but bias is clearly on show

Wonderfully well researched and thoughtful book. However, the terrible crimes of the GDR have clearly left the author with a strong bias against left wing groups/ ideas of all kinds regardless of they’re history or beliefs. This is quite blatant and can be jarring to hear all left wing groups including those in the social democratic tradition in Europe tarred with the one brush.

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  • Gail Link
  • 24-06-2021

A Must Read

Absolutely brilliant. I have learned so much from reading this book. I visited Hohenschönhausen two years ago and it is a visit I will never forget.

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