For those who love spy novels here is a real one. Well written but suffers from a guy trying to justify his life and sins. Sounds lika true american politician who got his hand caught in the cookie jar.
This book did not reveal any dark east bloc secrets and it was a bit hard to follow at first. If your not familiar with German words, you will have a bit of difficulty at the beginning. It does actually get decent as the misery drags on.
I suspect it is somewhat self serving but still of great interest when considering the DDR as it offers an insiders view. Mr. Wolf tells his life story in a deliberate manner. His parents were commies and fled the Germany of Hitler. His father was in the Writer's Union.
An enthusiastic supporter of the Party, Markus Wolf trained for work in the Comintern but it was disbanded in 1943.
Note that the aged leaders of the DDR and the USSR were described as 'concrete heads (364).'
I found his trip to Cuba in January 1965 especially noteworthy. He saw it as a 'tiny socialist island adrift in a sea of capitalism.'
Hopefully someone read a chapter or two, but no takers from the shelf at the old soldiers' home after eight weeks so I will take it to the lobby of the VA Hospital where I am sure someone will want it within a day or so.