The Unsleeping Eye: Secret Police and Their Victims

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Encounter Books, 2003 - History - 367 pages
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"At the heart of The Unsleeping Eye is a provocative account of how secret police helped to build and sustain the modern totalitarian state. Joseph Fouche, Napoleon's minister of police, made surveillance and informing into an art form and coupled spying with propaganda techniques that made it doubly effective. Stove chronicles the development of domestic surveillance in Russia, from the time of Ivan the Terrible to its final refinement under Stalin, who brought Lenin's ideal of "organized terror" to perfection in collaboration with his brutal head of secret police, Lavrenti Beria. He also shows how the Gestapo and other police organizations led by demented individuals like Heinrich Himmler defined the essence of Nazism, part of which was Himmler's deluded notion that "the members of the Gestapo are men with human kindness, human hearts, and absolute rightness."".

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In his analysis of five eras in which"secret policing has been of vital importance to government," Australian writer Stove (Prince of Music) sheds new light on the intrigues of the major"spymasters ... Read full review



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Stove is the author of Prince of Music, a study of the 16th century composer Palestrina.

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