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Against All Enemies: An American's Cold War Journey (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 7. August 2013

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Leser, die Romane von John le Carre oder Tom Clancy mögen, kommen bei diesem Buch voll auf ihre Kosten. Auch ein in der englischen Sprache etwas ungeübter Leser wird vom Schreibstil, den Aufbau des Spannungsbogens der Handlung des Buches gefesselt.

Der Unterschied zu anderen Büchern: Das Beschriebene war Realität vor über 30 Jahren.

Die Handlung führt von den USA, nach Berlin (West) über Texas, Brasilien, Mexiko, Kuba die DDR, dem Berlin des wiedervereinigten Deutschlands wieder in die USA. Ein Stoff für einen Hollywood Blockbuster. Von Freude und Schmerz, Liebe und Intrigen, Entführung und Flucht, abenteuerlichen Schleusungen an der Berliner Mauer, geheimen Verstecken, Kameras in Lipton Tee Büchsen und vielen anderen Dingen ist alles dabei, was zu einem Spionagebuch gehört.

Es würde mich freuen, weitere Bücher von dem Autor zu lesen.

Meine erste Rezension bei amazon, wobei ich schon viele Bücher gelesen habe.

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Wer aufgebauschte und sensationsheischende Darstellungen erwartet, ist hier fehl am Platz! Statt dessen, erwaten den Leser tiefe Einblicke in die reale Welt der Geheimdienste und des Kalten Krieges in Europa, der unter anderen Dank des Autors J. Karney und den dadurch erzielten Gleichgewicht der Kräfte, keine finale Eskalation erfuhr. In einzelnen Passagen sehr spannend und abwechslungreich geschrieben, wird es eigentlich nie Langweilig.
Tiefe Einblicke in die Welt der damaligen Geheimdienste vor dem Fall der Mauer und zu gleich die Schilderung der Lebensgeschichte eines Idealisten, dem Dank und Anerkennung selbst in den eigenen Reihen verwehrt blieb und durch Verrat die nüchterne Realität in der Welt der Geheimdienste erfuhr.
Das beste und authentischste Buch was ich bisher dazu lesen konnte.
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Ich gebe 5 Sterne weil dieses Buch ohne reisserisch zu sein doch spannend ist und einen Einblick in die Welt der Spionage, mit all ihren Facetten zulässt. Der Verräter wird zum Verratenen, eine tragische Geschichte welche nicht erfunden wurde sondern einen biografischen Einblick in das aussergewöhnliche Leben eines jungen Amerikaners in der Frontstadt Berlin gewährt. Ein Getriebener der zwischen den Systemen und ihren Geheimdiensten hin und her pendelt, einfach unglaublich und offensichtlich doch wahr!
Gut zu lesen, der Stoff würde auch zu einem erstklassigen Spionagefilm taugen.

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Fascinating, intuiging and honest. 23. April 2015
Von Erich Mopsmeister - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch Verifizierter Kauf
An excellent account of an amazingly exciting but ultimately tragic story. Carney was not the only American to have left The US for The DDR but his story IS the only one of its type and he tells it with sincerity and close attention to detail. It's a huge, oversized book that get's a little difficult to hold at times but it's well worth the juggling act. I also really appreciate Carney's intentional inclusion of the numerous short and long blocks of blacked-out text where the DoD censored a lot of material before letting him submit it for publication. There's a lot of stuff that our government STILL doesn't want to share with the rest of us. My only complaints are that there were no photos except for the one on the back cover. Also, there are lots and lots of typos but neither of these issues detracts from the story. It's a story that I was unable to put down and I think I read the entire, massive book in about 2 weeks. I plan to read it again at a more leisurely pace this summer. It's a little expensive and there aren't too many used copies available but it's well worth every penny no matter what you have to pay.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Thrilling and interesting--I wish it had had an editor's touch and an established publisher's marketing network 27. März 2015
Von Kenneth I. Mayer - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Some enterprising literary agent should approach the author about making this into a mass-market book. The spy intrigues are suspenseful, interesting, and real. Even the exploration of Carney's childhood and training is well-written and interesting. This book comes from the heart.
That said, there are typos and grammar errors on every other page. There are references to acronyms or agencies that are never explained. A good editor could have trimmed about 200-300 pages, and improved the quality. Carney's narrative makes it reasonably clear that he resists authority figures and experts telling him what to do, so perhaps agents and editors have tried to talk sense into him but somehow he went his own way by self-publishing instead. That is a shame because this story deserves a larger audience. I'm glad I read this.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Carney's story is worth knowing 9. Januar 2015
Von Berlin_W_15 - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Carney's book caught my eye because I grew up in West Berlin, although before Carney was stationed there. I was curious about finding out more why Stanislav Petrov got a peace prize by the UN and then one in Dresden, Germany, for 1983 events. That might have been under the blackened parts. I'd like to think that there is a link until I know what is under the blackened parts.

Having grown up with the cold war in West Berlin, it was very interesting to read what happened behind the curtains, interesting in the Chinese sense, too, and it is a credit to the system what did make it through. Had the book been with the censors just a few months later, some of the blackened lines would not have been necessary, I guess, because only 2 months after the preface was written, Edward Snowden appeared on the scene.

The book is worth reading both from the macro and the micro perspective. We know now in 2015 that some people are salivating for new wars but that they really played with them all those years ago, was a revelation to me. I had been completely bogged down in pre-fabricated thinking at the time. Thinking now back to the time I spent in journalism in Germany, there were one or two occasions when there was some kind of tickling at the border and the editor said, 'ah, don't run it, these boys play around there from time to time.'

On the micro perspective, the psychological development was half what I had expected without knowing. People from conflicted families look for a home, and the military is a strong candidate. But then life catches up with them, they experience a higher level of suffering when experiencing mendacity and double standards, because when you have been deceived by your family and then your new 'home' does the same, the results can be unpredictable. People from conflicted families are used from an early age to think for themselves, and that's exactly what Carney did, but it's verboten. One gets medals, another gets prison - and for me Carney is not a criminal. I believe that Carney's activities did prevent a war in the 19eighties, applaud him for it and for letting us know. As far as those are concerned who say 'he swore an oath' - well the henchmen in Auschwitz did that, too, and the Nuremberg trial established clearly that it is a crime to obey certain orders. Obeying certains oaths must now be included in that category.

Carney's story is worth knowing.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Man Without a Country 26. Juni 2015
Von JB - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Like Jeffrey Carney, I grew up in a Midwestern state (Indiana), entered the U.S. Air Force at the age of 17, and became a Cryptologic Linguist. I studied Czech (and Slovak), and went through training in Monterey, California and Goodfellow AFB in San Angelo, Texas. I was assigned to a unit in West Germany that monitored communications in Eastern Europe, but this is where our stories diverge. I had access to a lot of the intelligence made available to Carney, but, unlike Carney, I did not betray my country. Along with the other linguists in my unit (Czech, Polish, German, and Russian) in both the Air Force and Army, I served my country to the best of my ability.

I bought this book out of curiosity. I had stumbled onto Carney's website and found photographs of familiar places (e.g. Defense Language Institute in Monterey). While the book is a decent read, despite the grammar mistakes, misspellings, and factual inaccuracies mentioned by other reviewers, it did not succeed in making me feel sorry for Carney. As a matter of fact, the old proverb about making your bed and lying in it often came to mind. Carney created his own problems, and although I give him credit for owning up to what he did, I'm not sure if I can forgive him his putting other lives at risk for his own personal gain. Throughout the book, Carney states that his motivation was not financial, and that he accepted no money from his handlers. (Other times he wrote that he did reluctantly accept hundreds of West German marks.) His motivation was ideological. It was also selfish. Looking for a better life for himself undoubtedly had a negative impact on the lives of others.

The book is also full of propaganda. I've lived in the Czech Republic for 20 years, and I even had the opportunity to visit Czechoslovakia, East Germany, and Hungary before the events of 1989 (after my military service ended). Corruption was rampant, a lot of basic staples were difficult to come by, and if you weren't a member of the Communist Party, you (or your kids) could forget about going on to college. Carney makes East Germany sound like Utopia at times, as if standing in lines waiting for bread was something everyone wanted to do. And I'm also surprised by his omission of the 125 deaths that occurred fleeing this Utopia.

Even after his prison sentence, Carney will continue to pay the price for what he did. Many employers and individuals will find it hard to trust him, and can we blame them? The U.S. got burned for trusting him, and the Federal Republic of Germany certainly does not trust him, as they denied his request for reinstatement of citizenship. Jens Karney is a man without a country.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen unjustified 21. November 2014
Von southasia - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I never knew Jeff Carney in Berlin, but it's difficult to trust anyone these days. No doubt, Mr. Carney had a bad time of it because of his personal choices, but that's not anyone else's problem. You don't get to spy on your country, you don't get to kill people simply because you disagree with them.

I do think it somewhat odd that people have posted information (supposedly) from his Stasi contact which describes him in an unflattering light. Why?

There are a number of both grammatical and factual errors in this work, but it is indeed refreshing to revisit Berlin (and note some of the people during his time there). The work is quite limited in scope, but I still recognize the names of the people who were there.

The reality is that, while he was convicted, he still remains small fry, compared to many other cases. It is ironic that he spent all of that time in prison, yet not a single person in the administration spent a day behind bars for all of Iran-Contra. Nor did anyone go to prison as a result of the Iraq war WMD fabrications. While his spying caused damage to our national security (small, really), the damage done in these other cases was massive.

If you're going to steal, I guess stealing a trillion dollars is not punished, but stealing five hundred dollars really is punished.
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