The Race Against the Stasi PDF ePub eBook

Books Info:

The Race Against the Stasi free pdf Cycling Book of the Year - Cross British Sports Book Awards When the 'Iron Curtain' descended across Europe, Dieter Wiedemann was a hero of East German sport. A podium finisher in The Peace Race, the Eastern Bloc equivalent of the Tour de France, he was a pin-up for the supremacy of socialism over the 'fascist' West. Unbeknownst to the authorities, however, he had fallen in love with Sylvia Hermann, a girl from the other side of the wall. Socialist doctrine had it that the two of them were 'class enemies', and as a famous athlete Dieter's every move was pored over by the Stasi. Only he abhorred their ideology, and in Sylvia saw his only chance of freedom. Now, playing a deadly game of cat and mouse, he plotted his escape. In 1964 he was delegated, once and once only, to West Germany. Here he was to ride a qualification race for the Tokyo Olympics, but instead committed the most treacherous of all the crimes against socialism. Dieter Wiedemann, sporting icon and Soviet pawn, defected to the other side. Whilst Wiedemann fulfilled his lifetime ambition of racing in the Tour de France, his defection caused a huge scandal. The Stasi sought to 'repatriate' him, with horrific consequences both for him and the family he left behind. Fifty years on, and twenty-five years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Dieter Wiedemann decided it was time to tell his story. Through his testimony and that of others involved, and through the Stasi file, which has stalked him for half a century, Herbie Sykes uncovers an astonishing tale. It is one of love and betrayal, of the madness at the heart of the cold war, and of the greatest bike race in history.

About Herbie Sykes

HERBIE SYKES is a cycling journalist, historian and author of The Eagle of Canavese, about Franco Balmamion, Maglia Rosa: Triumph and Tragedy at the Giro d'Italia, and Coppi: Inside the Legend of Campionissimo Sykes lives in Turin, and writes for a number of cycling publications.

Details Book

Author : Herbie Sykes
Publisher : Aurum Press Ltd
Data Published : 04 September 2014
ISBN : 1781313083
EAN : 9781781313084
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 400 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
Rating :

Reviews The Race Against the Stasi



17 Comments Add a comment




Related eBooks Download


  • City of Angels free pdfCity of Angels

    The stunning final novel from East Germany's most acclaimed writer

    Three years after the fall of the Berlin Wall. the writer Christa Wolf was granted access to her newly declassified Stasi files..


  • One Coach's Journey from East to West free pdfOne Coach's Journey from East to West

    ONE COACH'S JOURNEY FROM EAST TO WEST: HOW THE FALL OF THE IRON CURTAIN CHANGED THE WORLD OF GYMNASTICS Until the fall of the Soviet Union the West and the Communists were engaged not only in a heated arms race but a race for Olympic gold..


  • Rouleur Centenary Tour de France free pdfRouleur Centenary Tour de France

    For the 100th edition of the world's greatest bike race. and the seventh annual edition of the sport's greatest cycling publication. we sent seven writers and photographers on the road at the Tour de France..


  • Rouleur Centenary Tour de France free pdfRouleur Centenary Tour de France

    For the 100th edition of the world's greatest bike race. and the seventh annual edition of the sport's greatest cycling publication. we sent seven writers and photographers on the road at the Tour de France..


  • Dieter Roth free pdfDieter Roth

    Dieter Roth was a multi-faceted artist. as is shown in this third volume in a series of books featuring works from the Dieter Roth Foundation. He worked in many media and "Books Multiples" includes over 200 artist's books..


  • The Race Against the Stasi free pdfThe Race Against the Stasi

    Ebooks Download Sites. Cycling Book of the Year - Cross British Sports Book Awards When the 'Iron Curtain' descended across Europe, Dieter Wiedemann was a hero of East German sport. A podium finisher