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The Secret History of STASI Spy Cameras: 1945–1989

The Secret History of STASI Spy Cameras: 1945–1989

H. Keith Melton with Detlev Vreisleben and Michael M. Hasco

Available October 2020

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This lavishly illustrated and authoritative book presents the secret history of Stasi and Warsaw Pact subminiature spy cameras used during the Cold War. It is a history that could only have been written through the collaboration of veteran Stasi technical intelligence officers and the world’s foremost historians on Cold War spy cameras and tradecraft. With more than 450 photographs, the book reveals the history, development, and operational use of more than 70 secret cameras as used by one of the world’s most formidable intelligence services—East German Stasi, or MfS—for secretly copying documents, and for surveillance and compromise. Every major camera system used by the Stasi is covered. A bonus at the end of the book is an exhaustive glossary of Stasi and Warsaw Pact photographic systems and optical devices. This book is a must-have for camera collectors, military enthusiasts, historians, and counterintelligence officers.

Size: 9″ x 12″ x 1″ | 480 color and b/w photos | 224 pp
ISBN13: 9780764360459 | Binding: hard cover

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H. Keith Melton is an intelligence historian and the bestselling author of multiple books on clandestine technology. Melton is a founding member of the Board of Directors for the International Spy Museum in Washington, DC. Michael M. Hasco is an international business executive who for 25 years has been a collector and historian of clandestine technology. Detlev Vreisleben is a retired telecommunication engineer and researcher for 20 years in the technology of the Stasi.