Saturday, March 26, 2011

Five best books on the Cold War

Charles Cumming's latest novel is The Trinity Six, which William Boyd, author of Ordinary Thunderstorms, called "Utterly absorbing and compelling. A brilliant re-imagining of events surrounding the notorious Cambridge spy-ring."

For the Wall Street Journal, Cumming named a five best list of books on the Cold War.

One title on the list:
by Anna Funder (2003)

"If you want a pictureof the future, imagine a boot stomping on a human face forever." George Orwell's dystopian vision became terrifying reality in Cold War East Germany, a surveillance state, controlled by the dreaded Stasi, in which neighbor spied on neighbor, spouse spied on spouse. In "Stasiland," Anna Funder interviews a transfixing cast of characters from the country's horrifying past. We meet an ex-Stasi officer who laments the collapse of communist East Germany, another who is now a guide at the Berlin Wall. One woman, imprisoned after a failed defection, was given her freedom—and then saw her husband arrested soon afterward as punishment for having applied to live in the West. It will only be a matter of time before similar books emerge from 21st-century police states: What horrors will be told of life in Tunisia, in Egypt, in Libya?
Read about another book on Cumming's list.

Learn more about Charles Cumming's novels A Spy By Nature, The Spanish GameTyphoon, and The Trinity Six.

Read about Cumming's five favorite works of espionage.

--Marshal Zeringue